‘Ugly’ bollards to keep MPs safe
CONCRETE security bollards at Parliament House condemned for their resemblance to sewerage pipes appear here to stay, now sporting flower beds to hide their “cheap” and “ugly” appearance.
MPs from both sides of politics slammed the bollards after they were installed last year in response to a man repeatedly speeding past the steps of Parliament.
But with neither the Parliamentary Services Department nor the McGowan Government stumping up the cash to replace the $22,000 eye sores, they will remain in place when MPs return to work next month.
“The planter beds were the final stage of the concrete bollard installation,” Parliamentary Services executive manager Rob Hunter said. “While the liners were not the preferred option and more conventional measures were also considered, such as retractable bollards and mounted folding block, these will remain in place until such time as the risk is eliminated or the funding is made available to undertake a permanent solution.
“Our department does not have sufficient funding to install expensive infrastructure and the decision to install liners was an affordable and effective alternative to meet the department’s (safety) obligations.”
Asked this week whether the McGowan Government intended to fund a replacement, a spokesman for the Premier said: “We are not aware of any other proposals at this time.”
Eyesore: These “ugly” bollards will remain at Parliament House.