Bollards for Adelaide Oval

The State Liberals are calling on the State Government to speed up the installation of permanent security barriers to enhance patron safety at Adelaide Oval.

The State Liberals are calling on the State Government to speed up the installation of permanent security barriers to enhance patron safety at Adelaide Oval.

“It was in December last year that the State Government committed to installing retractable bollards, concrete seating and planted boxes to enhance spectator safety measures at the Adelaide Oval,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.

“These safety measures were meant to be in place for the start of this year’s AFL season and it’s disappointing that they won’t be installed until December, more than eight months later than originally promised.

“By way of contrast in December last year the Adelaide City Council committed to installing retractable bollards at the entry points to Rundle Mall. That project is now complete.

“If the holdup is financial then the Treasurer needs allocate the necessary money in Thursday’s State Budget and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure needs to get on with the job immediately.

“These safety measures should be in place before the beginning of the football finals at the very latest.

“Security measures in South Australia need to be constantly reviewed and upgrades implemented in a timely fashion.

“The likelihood of terrorist attacks targeting popular sporting and entertainment events has increased significantly during the last decade.

“That threat requires a heightened response from the State Government.

“There should not be an unnecessary delay in the completion of security measures to enhance the safety of South Australians.”