Tight security being put in place for Commonwealth Games in Australia

by Ray Clancy on February 14, 2018

in Australia Travel

People visiting Australia for the Commonwealth Games in April this year will face greater security at airports as well as on the Gold Coast where the event is being held.

More than 1,000 defence personnel are being deployed to the Gold Coast and Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs, said a nationally integrated security plan is in place to ensure that spectators and events are as safe as possible.

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More than 6,600 athletes from 70 countries are expected to take part in the Games from 04 to 15 April. Thousands of supporters from all over the world are also expected. Athletes, their support teams and visitors have already been told that visa allocations will be strict and not to overstay the dates on their documentation.

The Games are taking place at a number of locations on the Gold Coast including Brisbane, the state capital, Cairns and Townsville but people buying tickets are being urged to check them as it has emerged that there have been a blunder with wrong dates and timed being printed on them.

It is estimated that 14,000 tickets bought by sports fans in Australia and oversees may be involved in the printing error and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones has apologised.

The firm involved, Ticketek, is reissuing all tickets with the wrong time which include those for the triathlon, weight lifting and table tennis. However, it will be doing so for all tickets such as those for the opening ceremony which have the wrong day. The tickets will still be valid.

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie said the mistake is embarrassing. ‘We’ve got 90% of our tickets out, this is an event where there’s 1.2 million tickets. The facts of life are you will have hiccups in events that are this big,’ he said.

Dutton confirmed that security will be tight and only those with tickets should attend the venues. ‘We cannot be complacent. Security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games remain under constant review to ensure we are best placed to meet any challenges. Our law enforcement and security agencies are among the best in the world and are working tirelessly with event organisers to deliver a safe and secure Games,’ he explained.

The Minister for Defence Marise Payne said the Australian Defence Force would provide operational, logistical, and transport personnel. As part of this defence helicopters and aircraft would also conduct flights over the Gold Coast to survey key areas and ensure they can operate safely in any built up areas.

Payne confirmed that as well as extra security for those visiting and taking part in the Commonwealth Games, locals will also face some disruption. ‘The Government appreciates the support and understanding of local communities,’ she added.

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