The first of Melbourne’s permanent stainless-steel bollards were installed in Bourke Street Mall on Sunday night as a part of a new $10 million CBD security upgrade.
More bollards will be placed on the Swanston and Elizabeth Street corners of the mall in coming weeks, along with fixed planter boxes.
The bollards and planters are being installed to protect against vehicle attacks and are replacing the temporary concrete barriers that were put there in June. The concrete bollards will be removed in early December.
“No one can guarantee against attacks but we have been working very hard and very closely with the Victorian Government and Victoria Police since 20 January to do all we can to protect Melburnians and visitors to our city,” Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said in a statement.
The City of Melbourne and Victoria Police developed the designs for the bollards together. Independent testing has confirmed they can withstand “significant vehicle force.”
“While there is no way to completely eliminate risk, we are doing everything we can to keep pedestrians safe,” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said in a statement.
“We have worked closely with Victoria Police and the City of Melbourne to ensure these permanent structures are as effective as they can be and where we need them most,” continued Neville.
The Bourke Street Mall is the first CBD location to receive the permanent bollards; another nine sites across Melbourne will have them put in place over the next 12 months.
The instillation comes just 10 months after the Bourke Street Mall tragedy, when a car drove through the mall, killing six people.
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