City takes lead to protect visitors and residents

16 June 2017

The Gold Coast will install heavy duty retractable bollards to protect visitors and residents at large scale outdoor events.

“We will spare no money to ensure the safety of residents and our visitors. This is an investment in community safety,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“These high-impact bollards can repel the force of a large heavy goods vehicle, stopping it in its tracks and saving lives.

“I have committed $500,000 in the 2017-18 budget to purchase the first of these bollards for Surfers Paradise for large crowd events such as schoolies, the GC600, fireworks displays and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“I expect we will invest further in other areas across the city as public safety is paramount.’’

Mayor Tate said 16 anti-vehicle pop-up bollards would be installed by the end of the 2017 year between the roundabouts at Hanlan Street and the Soul building.

“This is about being proactive so while it is not specific to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, they will be in place well before the opening ceremony,’’ he said.

The retractable bollards are manufactured overseas

“Together with our extensive CCTV network, these bollards will make people feel safer as they enjoy our wonderful city,” he said.

 

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