ADDITIONAL ANZAC DAY FOOTPATH CLOSURES AND SECURITY MEASURES
27. By Councillor Vithoulkas
Was the City part of the committee for 2017 ANZAC Day operations in the Sydney CBD?
Was the City aware of the additional security measures put in place which prevented and limited foot traffic to various zones and areas throughout the city?
Did the City make any effort to inform small business owners of the reduced pedestrian access for ANZAC Day to enable them to make informed decisions regarding ANZAC Day trade?
Answer by the Lord Mayor
The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and Dawn Service Trust produce the Dawn Service with the assistance of the NSW Police.
A crowd management plan was developed by the event organisers with input from NSW Police for the Dawn Service to mitigate the risks of overcrowding at the service. The City is advised the crowd management plan was essentially the same as previous years, and involved security officers being placed along George Street at King and Hunter Streets between 2.00am and 6.00am to assist with directing those attending the Dawn Service to the most appropriate entry points. Whilst City staff attended meetings regarding crowd management, City staff did not participate in the development of the plan.
It is the Transport Management Centre, part of Transport for NSW (TfNSW) who manage the notification of residents and businesses in Sydney CBD about changes to traffic conditions and road closures related to the 2017 ANZAC Day parade.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) have confirmed that the security officers based on George St were instructed to allow anyone not wishing to attend the Dawn Service to continue walking along George Street to their destination.
I have been advised staff will meet with you to discuss this matter further.