Con­crete to se­cure An­zac Day

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SYD­NEY will be re­in­forced with 50 con­crete and steel ve­hi­cle “block­ers” while crowds will un­dergo bag searches in a dra­matic es­ca­la­tion of se­cu­rity dur­ing An­zac Day ser­vices.

Both uni­formed and plain­clothed po­lice will also min­gle among the crowds in what is ex­pected to be one of the big­gest An­zac Day ser­vices to mark the cen­te­nary.

Placed around key gath­er­ing ar­eas in the CBD and build­ings such as Par­lia­ment House, the spe­cially-de­signed struc­tures will be cov­ered in can­vass to min­imise their ap­pear­ance.

While the block­ers will be re­moved after the march, Counter-Ter­ror­ism Min­is­ter David El­liott said Syd­neysiders should get used to them as they were likely to be de­ployed for other ma­jor events in the fu­ture.

With the threat of a ter­ror­ist at­tack at the sec­ond-high­est alert level of “probable”, the State Govern­ment had de­cided that se­cu­rity needed to be stepped up to pro­tect veter­ans and view­ers, he said.

The De­part­ment of Pre­mier and Cab­i­net was also ad­vised by State and fed­eral agen­cies to of an ever-present threat.

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