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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni
    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    $98.3 million to bolster counter-terrorism, stadium security

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Thursday, October 05, 2017

    $98.3 million to bolster counter-terrorism, stadium security

    The Palaszczuk Government has approved a package of $98.3 million to bolster Queensland’s counter-terrorism capabilities, strengthen security at nine Stadium Queensland venues and recruiting additional officers.

    Speaking ahead of the Council of Australian Governments’ meeting on national security in Canberra today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was prepared to do everything it could, in partnership with all governments, to prevent a repeat of attacks seen overseas.

    The $98.3 million package includes:

    •             $58 million (including $46.7 million over three years announced in the June State Budget) for a new Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre for the Queensland Police Service at Wacol;

    •             $8.3 million to upgrade security measures at the nine Stadium Queensland venues in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville; and

    The additional $32 million over four years committed, was included in the State Budget, for the recruitment of 50 new police officers, including 30 officers dedicated to counter-terrorism.

    The Premier said the Centre would include indoor firearms ranges, a scenario village and specialist training areas to increase capability in managing terrorism and other critical incidents.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is proud of its investment in the future of community and police officer safety in Queensland,” she said.

    “We must remain vigilant and that is why my Government has ensured our Police have the powers they need. We are determined to ensure they have resources and facilities to further hone their specialist counter-terrorism skills.”

    New laws giving police additional powers to help prevent, disrupt or respond to a terrorist attack in Queensland have passed through Parliament.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new Centre would ensure officers could complete their operational skills and training re-qualifications in the one location and return to their duties much sooner than they currently can.

    “Being an indoor facility, police can also train at any time of the day or night and in any weather,” he said.

    The Minister said new laws passed by State Parliament last month strengthened the ability for the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to keep the community safe during this time of heightened security.

    “During a declared terrorist emergency, police will now be able to search an electronic device, require passwords, immediately copy evidence located on devices as well as use biometric information to rapidly establish or confirm a person’s identity,” he said.

    Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said the Government was determined that Stadiums Queensland venues remained safe, secure and accessible.

    “Guided by Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism, Stadiums Queensland has recommended a series of additional measures,” the Minister said.

    “These measures include more perimeter barriers such as bollards, alarm monitoring, surveillance capability, entry searches and staff training.”

    The Stadiums Queensland venues are Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground), Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Queensland Tennis Centre, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre and Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane, as well as the Metricon Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast and 1300 SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

    Media contact: Geoff Breusch (Premier's office) 0417 272 875