Melbourne security upgrades
The Victorian Government is continuing to increase security measures in and around the Melbourne CBD to reduce the risk of hostile vehicle attacks.
The 2018–19 State Budget included $41 million to fund priority infrastructure security improvements in the CBD, including physical barriers, a new public address system and an enhanced CCTV network. This funding supplements the initial $10 million provided in the 2017-18 State Budget following the Bourke Street tragedy in January 2017.
Public address system
Speakers are being installed at a number of locations across the Melbourne CBD to create a Public Address System that could be used in an emergency.
The Public Address System includes speakers installed in 95 locations across the CBD. To date, 65 speaker sets have been installed with the remainder are scheduled to be installed by the end of 2018.
The speakers will emit siren sounds and messaging developed by police that will be tailored to the incident.
The Public Address System is active and may be used by Victoria Police during major emergencies to provide information to the community. 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 what action they need to take, if any.
A test of the public address system will be held on Tuesday July 10 at 11am. An emergency warning system will be played at 65 speaker locations across the CBD from 11.00am.
Interim measures have already been introduced, with more than 440 temporary bollards and water filled barriers placed at key pedestrian locations. These include Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, and Queensbridge Square as well as alongside Princes Bridge and Olympic Boulevard.
Permanent measures, such as bollards and planter boxes, are now being installed to replace the interim measures, with the first stage of the Bourke Street Mall measures already completed.
Melbourne's CCTV network is being enhanced, with 31 new cameras to be installed across the city expanding the network to 95 cameras.
Listen to what the emergency warning speaker system sounds like.