Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Anti-Terror Expert Wants More Concrete Bollards

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Anti-Terror Expert Wants More Concrete Bollards

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AN ANTI-TERRORISM expert has questioned why Brisbane City Council has not fortified the Queen St Mall against vehicle attack.

The council has concrete crash barriers along the Adelaide and Ann St perimeters of King George Square and at key entry points at South Bank to prevent unauthorised vehicle access.

The barriers protecting King George Square were installed last festive season.

However, when The Courier-Mail visited the Queen St Mall on Monday, the first day of the school holidays, there were no barriers preventing vehicle access to the heart of the shopping strip off Adelaide St.

Griffith University's director of international programs for policing, security and terrorism Professor Geoff Dean said Queen St Mall should be high in council's priorities.

"It's obviously a route that needs to be blocked off," Professor Dean said.

"Maybe it's been overlooked. There are lots of areas where you would need to do a security audit to look at what is a high-profile target. …

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