28 September, 2020

Installation of important public safety enhancements are continuing at some of Melbourne’s busiest and most iconic CBD locations, with further works at Southern Cross Station and Federation Square beginning this week.

This latest stage of works will install protections at the Collins and Spencer streets intersection, as well as along Spencer and Collins streets.

Upgraded security measures at Federation Square commenced near Birrarung Marr earlier this month with further works in Swanston Street to follow.

A number of security upgrades across the city have already been completed, including the Bourke and Collins streets entrance of Southern Cross Station, Bourke Street Mall, Flinders Street Station, State Library, Queen Victoria Market, Princes Bridge and Olympic Boulevard. High priority areas of Southbank Promenade have also been completed, with measures installed at 11 locations.

"The security upgrades will help prevent vehicle-based attacks and protect commuters, visitors, and customers of nearby businesses."

Upgraded security cameras and a new public-address system have also been installed so police and emergency services can direct people if there’s an emergency.

A team of security experts, transport professionals, architects, and other stakeholders have been consulted to ensure that the long-term protections are well-designed, practical and safe, and incorporate leading industry thinking.

The project is being delivered by the Community Safety Building Authority in conjunction with the City of Melbourne and Victoria Police. It forms part of the Victorian Government’s $52.5 million investment into public security projects across key locations around the city.


Protective zones for pedestrians have been created at nine of Melbourne’s busiest and most prominent pedestrian sites including Flinders Street Station, Southbank Promenade, Olympic Boulevard, Queen Victoria Market and Federation Square.