Large concrete bollards were installed in front of the West Australian Parliament after authorities received intelligence of a security risk to the building.
- The concrete soak wells were urgently installed in November last year
- But Premier Mark McGowan rejected a further security upgrade costing $1.8m
- The Opposition says the decision created an unacceptable risk for MPs and visitors
But despite the intelligence, it was today revealed a plan for a $1.8 million security upgrade to Parliament House was rejected by the McGowan Government.
The State Opposition said the decision had left at risk both members of parliament and the thousands of people who visited the building each year.
The bollards — large soak wells filled with concrete — were installed in the forecourt of Parliament House as “hostile vehicle mitigation” structures in November last year, to stop potential terrorist car attacks.
Source: WA Parliament House $1.8 million security boost rejected despite reports of potential terror risk – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)