The installation of anti-terror bollards in Martin Place has aroused controversy amidst claims that the City of Sydney failed to consult with NSW Police about the development, Alt Media reports.
Police Minister Troy Grant criticised the decision, saying that he was not notified of Council’s decision to install the barriers and that they cause unnecessary panic. Angela Vithoulkas, Independent Councillor for the City of Sydney, said that the Council has an obligation to ensure that anti-terror measures always involve consultation with the police.
“The way that the concrete blocks were dumped in Martin Place without Councillor consultation shows that Clover Moore’s priorities are not in step. Councillors are elected to represent the community as well but we weren’t consulted about this important issue and when we put forward other suggestions they are not supported.”
Clr Vithoulkas is putting forward a notice of motion at this month’s council meeting to address concerns raised by her electorate about potentially dangerous trucks and other terrorism hazards in laneways.
She said that at the last council meeting, the Clover Moore team indicated that a review of the laneways would be “too onerous on staff” which showed their lack of interest in consulting other councillors on such matters.
Ms Vithoulkas said it illustrated an abuse of power.