One of New South Wales’ most frequented tourists hot spots has been earmarked a potential scene for a terror plot to unfold.
Security could be ramped up around Bondi Junction’s Westfield shopping centre and along Bondi’s famous beach amid fears it could be targeted by terrorists.
A full security audit has been called on for the entire local government area of Waverley, with special attention recommended for the shopping and coastal precinct.
‘These would be the most vulnerable places in Waverley,’ Former mayor Sally Betts told Daily Telegraph.
‘We need to look at the whole of Waverley, but obviously there are specific places that we need to focus on in particular and see what needs to be done,’ Ms Betts said.
The controversial topic was debated at a council meeting last Tuesday, with mayor John Wakefield vying for a ‘risk assessment’ to be undertaken to determine whether a real threat exists.
‘It’s a significant issue and council needs to be prepared to take appropriate action as needed,’ Mr Wakefield said.
Last year, Islamic State called on terrorists to attack Bondi Beach, the Opera House and the MCG in a rant in the first edition of its propaganda magazine Rumiyah.
Cr Betts said recent international vehicle-ramming attacks, including in the UK, Germany and Spain, put Australians on edge.
‘Every time there’s a vehicle that (drives) into people, then people started really getting concerned,’ she said.
Her call comes as neighbouring council’s launch risk assessments, with Randwick revealing introduction of anti-terrorism measures could cost taxpayers $6million.
Source: The Daily Mail