The Queensland Government has announced the creation of a new Brisbane Region Major Events Planning Unit to bring together the resources of Queensland Police’s North and South Brisbane District.
This unit will work to better support event organisers, and work with the community and other partners to deliver safe events throughout the Brisbane Region.
Queensland Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan, said this new unit will work to combine the forces of Queensland Police’s North and South Brisbane District to ensure events in the region will be safe.
“Major events bring a lot of activity to our city, and this unit will ensure the safety of our community through the promotion of those events running smoothly,” he said.
“The more successful events we host here, the more likely they will become regular features on the Queensland event calendar, ultimately enhancing Brisbane’s growing reputation as a world-class event and tourism destination.
“The Police who make up the Brisbane Region Major Events and Planning Unit will be able to continue demonstrating their abilities to meet stakeholder needs with upcoming events, as they implement their revised unit,” Mr Ryan said.
The unit, which is the largest planning unit in Queensland, will provide planning support across the region with a strong focus on the City, Valley and Riverside patrol groups, delivering enhanced major event planning.
Assistant Commissioner, Peter Crawford, said the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Townsville, Cairns and in Brisbane will serve as a guideline of how the Queensland Police Service can support professional, safe and secure events going forward.
“The very experienced team in the Major Events Planning Unit will build upon those learnings, extensive local knowledge and well-developed relationships to ensure the Queensland Police Service can maintain a safe environment to host events in our growing and busy city,” he said.
“Development in the city and surrounding areas over the next few years will add new challenges for planners.
“I am confident the team working with our local and state Government partners is well placed to continue to showcase our beautiful city as we attract more and more events into the future,” Mr Crawford said.
The announcement was made at Suncorp Stadium yesterday to mark the official launch of the unit throughout the Brisbane Region.