The head of one of Australia’s biggest venue operators – whose venues include the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre – has warned no security measures could prevent another horrifying Las Vegas-style shooting.
In the wake of the mass murder, in which a lone shooter fired on a live music concert from neighbouring hotel, AEG Ogden boss Harvey Lister said the company constantly updated the security measures at all their venues.
“Management at each venue undertake a risk assessment for every event and work closely with the State’s Police Command, including any recommendations they make regarding security for a particular event. That includes the precinct and the venue itself,” he said.
“But from the initial report we’ve received about this incident, all the planning in the world unfortunately wouldn’t have prevented an attack like this from a nearby building.”
The Federal Government last month released guidelines with advice for venue managers and event organisers on how to deal with terror attacks in crowded places, including concerts, stadiums and mass gatherings.
It had a specific section on dealing with active, armed shooters, such as providing obvious physical and electronic security measures, as well as developing standing plans for known or expected incident.
Brisbane City Council, which runs the Riverstage venue, would not comment on if it had reviewed the governments latest recommendations for security arrangements.
Stadiums Queensland, which runs nine major venues including Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba and 1300 SMILES Stadium, has security escalation plans in place to respond to incidents and changes to threat levels.
A Stadiums Queensland spokesman said it had already reviewed the federal government strategy and was “constantly reviewing its plans regarding patron safety, venue security and emergency management”.
“All Stadiums Queensland venues have operational procedures and plans in place to manage security and emergency management in and around the venue precincts,” he said.
Source: Courier Mail