Concrete to secure Anzac Day
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.