The Daily Telegraph reports that body scanners, bag checks and training on what to do if confronted by an assailant will all be part of the new beefed-up safety measures to be introduced by the City of Sydney in response to heightened terror threats around the world.
Town Hall, along with its sister buildings Town Hall House and Town Hall Square, will benefit from additional security guards who will be stationed at the buildings as well as providing security patrols. Also receiving additional security patrols are the monthly committee and council meetings. Town Hall and Town Hall House will have an improved visitor management system as well.
Sydney Matters independent councillor Angela Vithoulkas said while she had never felt unsafe at Town Hall there had been very little obvious security.
“While we do have mindful staff and CCTV cameras in strategic places we’ve never had a very open security presence,” Cr Vithoulkas said.
“While I don’t think any one situation has triggered this, making sure that we have some kind of more detectable, obvious presence given that so many members of the public do come into the buildings is a good thing,” she said.
“While usually council and committee meeting are heated between councillors I’m assuming the security presence isn’t for them but given that we have had a global challenge and we are a government body I think it’s an inevitable evolution. I just hope it doesn’t keep people out, after it is a public town hall to be enjoyed and envied by many,” she said.