City of Perth council meeting attendees to go through ‘airport-like’ security

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PEOPLE attending City of Perth council meetings will now go through airport-like security before entering chambers.

The City recently tightened security after a review, with a checkpoint where pockets must be emptied and two security guards inspect bags set up in the lobby, outside the elevators.

The measures were in place for the first time ahead of the November 21 council meeting.

A City spokesman said security was now in line with other capital city councils, such as City of Sydney and City of Brisbane.

“The City will not disclose its security arrangements in detail for obvious reasons (but) the only additional cost to the City was the equipment itself, which was a one off,” he said.

“Besides staffing, annual costs relate to electricity to power screening devices.

“The screening will be utilised for council meetings, citizenship ceremonies and other determined civic events.”

The spokesman said security measures were “continually reviewed as a part of good practice”.

“The City has introduced the measures in the interest of safety for the public and staff,” he said.

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