Australia Day security arrangements on South Perth Foreshore

Media Response 25 January 2019
Australia Day

Journalist’s enquiry: Has the council taken any steps to increase the CCTV presence on the South Perth Foreshore? Also can you please outline what safety measures the council is taking ahead of Saturday’s event. Is there anything different or new about this year’s celebrations from the city’s point of view?

Please attribute the following statement to the City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty. 

The City of South Perth has taken the outcomes of the Inquiry into the Protection of Crowded Places from Terrorist Acts into account to optimise public safety at the City’s Australia Day events.

An increased number of CCTV cameras to allow for monitoring of sensitive areas will be in place. 

The City of South Perth has undertaken its security planning in line with the nationally endorsed strategies for crowded places and in conjunction with police and emergency services. 

Strategies to enhance security arrangements at events are updated annually in the City’s Australia Day Risk Management Plan.

Our City’s Australia Day events and Celebration Zone supported by Lotterywest offer all members of the community the opportunity to come together and enjoy Australia Day in a safe, alcohol and smoke free environment.

Spanning over 10 hectares along the South Perth Foreshore, there will be a range of food vendors and ample shade and picnic areas for families to enjoy. All activities in the Celebration Zone will wrap up at 7.30pm to allow visitors to find a spot to watch the City of Perth Skyworks fireworks display at 8pm.

New activities in the Celebration Zone this year include Stunt Jump, Basket Connect 4, Airbrush Tattoos and the Big Wedgie water slides plus lots more. Roving entertainers and performers will Balloon Artistry by Aaron Smith, Samba Band Beleza Samba, Puppeteers from DNA Puppetry, Hey Presto Magician, Hula Lula Ladies Band, Shrinking Violet Stilt Walkers and the Dinosaur Kids Train.

We strongly encourage people to consider using public transport on the day. The City provides a free shuttle service between George Burnett Leisure Centre (GBLC) in Manning Road, Karawara, the Civic Centre in South Perth and the event zone. The shuttle buses will run approximately every 10 minutes back and forth between 2-9.30pm, but not during the fireworks (7.30-8.30pm). Both GBLC and the Civic Centre are easily accessible from the Kwinana Freeway and have ample parking facilities. 

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