Melbourne security upgrades

The Victorian Government is increasing security measures in and around the Melbourne CBD.

The 2018–19 State Budget included $41 million to fund priority security improvements in the CBD, adding to $10 million provided in the 2017-18 State Budget, to deliver:

The speakers and cameras are being rolled out across the city in 2018. Interim physical protections are in place, and permanent measures are being rolled out progressively at the sites indicated on the map below.

The protections around the CBD are being developed and implemented in partnership between the State Government, City of Melbourne and Victoria Police, in consultation with a range of businesses, transport agencies and security experts.

Public address and CCTV system

A new public address system and significant expansion of the CCTV network are being rolled out in the CBD in 2018.

The new capabilities will improve the ability of police and emergency services to monitor and respond to incidents, and manage emergencies.

Public Address System

Speakers are being installed at locations across the Melbourne CBD to create a Public Address System for use in emergencies.

The system will comprise 95 pairs of speakers, providing coverage across the CBD. Most of the speakers have now been installed and are operational, with the remainder scheduled to be installed by the end of 2018.

The system emits siren sounds and messaging developed by police that can be tailored to the incident.

Victoria Police may activate the system at any time to provide warnings or safety information to alert the public.

The Public Address System complements the existing suite of emergency management messaging already in place that include provisions for people to receive warnings about an incident in other ways.

During an incident, police and other emergency services will be on the scene to assist members of the public and advise them of any action they need to take.

CCTV

Melbourne's CCTV network is being expanded, with 30 new cameras to be installed across the city, extending the network to 95 cameras. Camera capabilities are also being enhanced.

The expanded camera network will be fully operational by the end of 2018.

More information on CCTV cameras in the CBD is available on the City of Melbourne Safe City network page.

Protective security

At key sites in and around the Melbourne CBD, interim protective measures have been introduced, including more than 440 temporary concrete bollards and water-filled barriers.

Permanent measures – including bollards, street furniture and other infrastructure – are now being progressively installed to replace the interim measures at 9 key sites.

Protective security sites

Bourke Street Mall

Artist's impression of Bourke Street MallAs the retail heart of Melbourne, Bourke Street Mall sees over 700 tram movements and up to 75,000 pedestrian movements per day.

Improving safety while maintaining an enjoyable environment for shoppers, tourists and other Melburnians requires a well-considered design, engineering, and rollout approach.

The first stage of permanent upgrades to Bourke St Mall is complete, with bollards installed at each end of the mall.

The second and third stages include a range of protective infrastructure, including new street furniture, planter boxes and bollards. The measures will be positioned adjacent to the tram tracks, providing protected pedestrian zones either side of the mall.

The permanent measures for Stages 2 and 3 have been developed with security experts and Victoria Police, as well as design and engineering staff from City of Melbourne. Mall traders are also being consulted on the new designs.

Stage 2 of the mall security upgrade will be complete by the end of 2018, with Stage 3 completed in 2019.

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Progress

Stage 1 completion
Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement for Stage 2
Construction of Stage 2
Completion of Stage 2 (Q4 2018)
Detailed design, engineering and procurement for Stage 3
Construction of Stage 3
Completion of Stage 3 (2019)

Flinders Street Station

Artist's impression of Flinders Street Station

The upgrade to the Flinders Street Station forecourt will significantly improve safety in one of the city's most high-profile public spaces. The project involves expanding the forecourt area and installing protective bollards and barriers.

This will add 130 square metres of space and widen the pedestrian crossing across Flinders St, easing congestion caused by foot traffic. Advice from security experts is that this expansion is needed to ensure pedestrians receive an appropriate level of protection with the permanent measures. The traffic lanes on Swanston St will be reconfigured to accommodate the expanded forecourt and protective measures.

Under the new lane configuration, motorists will continue to be able to turn right or left, and cyclists will retain their dedicated lane. The upgrades will improve safety for the 25,000 people who use this intersection at peak times every day, as well as improving pedestrian flow between the station and the city.

Works around the forecourt will be staged and mostly take place at night, to help minimise disruption. Works are taking place from mid-November to mid-December, then will be put on hold across the busy festive period, before starting again in January.

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Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Princes Bridge

Princes BridgePrinces Bridge connects the Melbourne Arts Precinct to Flinders St Station, Federation Square and the CBD. As such, the bridge accommodates high numbers of pedestrians each day.

The permanent protections on Princes Bridge will involve replacing the concrete blocks at each end of the footpath with permanent bollards. Reinforced barriers will replace the temporary water-filled barriers currently running along the bridge’s length.

As well as meeting high safety specifications, the barriers will be significantly lower than the temporary barriers, with architectural finishes.

The age and engineering of the bridge have posed particular challenges to creating a safe pedestrian zone. As such, the solution has been designed in consultation with Heritage Victoria, as well as security experts and heritage architects.

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Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Federation Square

Federation SquareFederation Square is one of the most visited places in Melbourne, both by residents and tourists, and is home to a range of major cultural attractions, as well as hosting numerous major events.

As such, Federation Square is a key site to transition to permanent physical protections, complementing the existing monitoring and responsive capabilities available through CCTV and the public address system.

Permanent protections will be installed at a number of locations around the square, improving pedestrian safety.

Engineering design work is underway, and – as well as security experts and architects – will involve consultation with the square’s Board.

As with the other protective security sites, the security measures must effectively protect people in the space, while considering pedestrian flow, visual impact, engineering requirements and practicality. These elements will all be considered in developing the final layout.

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Southern Cross Station

Southern Cross StationAs the second-busiest railway station in the Melbourne network, Southern Cross Station sees a high volume of pedestrian traffic – more than 17 million movements each year.

As well as metropolitan trains, the station accommodates V/Line, Skybus and regional rail services.

Engineering design work is soon to commence for permanent protections at a number of forecourt locations around the station’s entrances.

With the large number of people moving through the area, emphasis is being placed on ensuring people continue to be able to move freely through the space, while maintaining a strong level of protection.

 

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Southbank Promenade

Southbank PromenadeAs a major dining and entertainment destination, Southbank Promenade is one of the most high-profile pedestrian strips in Melbourne.

Engineering design work is underway for permanent protections at a number of locations along the walkway.

As a popular visitor destination, and with high pedestrian traffic, protective measures will need to enable people to continue to move freely, provide effective protection, as well as balancing visual and practical considerations.

As such, as well as bollards, permanent protections may include reinforced street furniture, planter boxes, and similar elements.

 

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

State Library of Victoria

State Library of VictoriaA Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is home to more than two million books, and hosts large numbers of visitors and a range of exhibitions and special events.

Engineering design work is ready to commence underway for permanent protections around the library’s Swanston St forecourt.

To provide effective protection, as well as balancing visual and practical tram, pedestrian and bicycle movement considerations around the site, permanent protections may include reinforced street furniture, as well as bollards and other measures.

 

 

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Olympic Boulevard

Olympic BoulevardOlympic Boulevard connects some of Melbourne’s most significant sporting stadiums.

While Olympic Boulevard sees lower levels of day-to-day pedestrian traffic than most of the other sites that will receive permanent protective security measures, the area hosts many thousands of pedestrians during major, high-profile sporting events.

Engineering design work is underway for permanent protections in pedestrian areas outside the main arenas.

Due to the high peak foot traffic, protective measures will prioritise free pedestrian movement.

The complementary use of temporary barriers during major events will also be considered during the design process, with involvement from the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust.

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria MarketThe Queen Victoria Market is an iconic, large and diverse market – in its mix of businesses, existing structures, pedestrian and engineering needs.

The market precinct will be undergoing major renewal concurrent with implementation of the protective measures.

To align with the market’s character and heritage, the diverse nature of the site, as well as other concurrent works, will require an especially considered and site-specific design process. This will include consultation with the Queen Victoria Market Board and other relevant stakeholders.

A range of measures will be considered, to provide safety for the market’s thousands of visitors while maintaining ease of access and usability.

 

Progress

Site survey
Protective concept design
Detailed design, engineering and procurement
Construction
Completion

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