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High security fences for Brisbane Airport ahead of G20

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Kristian Silva

The fence area breached when a woman drove a car onto the Brisbane Airport airfield.

The fence area breached when a woman drove a car onto the Brisbane Airport airfield. Photo: Kristian Silva

Brisbane Airport's operations manager says high security fencing will ensure G20 leaders won't be placed at risk in November, following an incident in which a woman used a car to smash her way on to the airfield.

The car was travelling about 35km/h when it crashed through the fence near the domestic terminal on Tuesday night, travelling a further 400 metres before stopping on the tarmac about 200 metres from the runway.

BAC operations manager Stephen Goodwin said "tier 3" fencing - capable of withstanding a moving car - had already been installed in areas where G20 planes would land.

A woman crashed her car through a fence and onto the Brisbane Airport tarmac on Tuesday night.

A woman crashed her car through a fence and onto the Brisbane Airport tarmac on Tuesday night. Photo: Ten News

Mr Goodwin also said the airport was midway through a $2 million plan to install tier 3 fencing around 15 kilometres of the 27-kilometre perimeter by August.

Ground-based radar technology, to detect unauthorised people and objects, will also be set up.

He confirmed the fence area that was breached on Tuesday night was earmarked to be upgraded.

A 37-year-old woman remains in hospital after being arrested over Tuesday night's incident.

A 37-year-old woman remains in hospital after being arrested over Tuesday night's incident. Photo: Ten News

"Every time anything like this would occur - which is very rare - we examine all of our mitigators and look for a better solution," Mr Goodwin said.

Mr Goodwin said Tuesday night's incident was brought under control within six minutes, with airport tower staff notifying surveillance teams as soon as the car broke through the fence.

"In less than two minutes we knew exactly where she was and were able to corral her [towards a drain area]," he said.

The damaged area was fixed by Wednesday morning.

Mr Goodwin dismissed suggestions that the airport security was not up to scratch, saying multiple layers of surveillance inside and outside the property were of a high standard.

"[The public] can rest assured that it's a very secure airport that we run here and be thankful the layers we have in place worked last night and worked effectively," he said.

He said a similar security breach had occurred about five years ago, which led to more surveillance cameras being installed.

A 37-year-old woman remains in hospital after she was arrested by Australian Federal Police. No charges have been laid.

Airport officials said Tuesday's incident caused 16 flights to be delayed - one less than the corporation orginally reported. Five were asked to remain in holding patterns above the site, and a further five were diverted to Coolangatta.

11 comments so far

  • And so the inconvenience begins...all for the sake of Messrs. Newman and Abbott, strutting their vain glorious selves to any and everyone who will throw them a sound-bite....to be followed up by suffocating security, bumptious bureaucrats and supposed world leaders who are either pariahs in their own countries or failures at managing their own economies and therefore fancy a bit of Antipodean warmth before the Northern Hemisphere freezes the you-know-whats off!

    Commenter
    Cicero
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    July 09, 2014, 3:40PM
    • Totally agree Cicero I'd just like to add one thing though, in this era of government sponsored fear of the "Free World" being under attack and security at airports going into overdrive, why does it take the Greed 20 Meeting to get the fence upgraded? Obviously we serfs are just cannon fodder and don't deserve protection

      Commenter
      Scuba
      Location
      Joh Bonkers Bananaland 2.0
      Date and time
      July 10, 2014, 7:45AM
    • These things are normally arranged several years early i'm not sure Newman and Abbott had much too do with it. Was more likely arranged by Rudd its the kind of grandstanding event he would enjoy !

      Commenter
      BigTedd
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      July 10, 2014, 10:29AM
  • Ohhh...the Greedy 20 are scared that the oppressed, landless slaves may rise up and hurt them??? Ohhh...how cute...go back to mommy!

    Commenter
    mami
    Date and time
    July 09, 2014, 5:57PM
    • Up Up and Away, is it a bird, is it a meteor..nooo..its Daddy O Deputy aboard his Monkey Cage Prototype No2, a modified improvement on his earlier Bin Laden Model circa 2007.

      Commenter
      Geronimo
      Location
      Yippee Yi Yo
      Date and time
      July 10, 2014, 7:03AM
      • You do realise it was Gillard who gave us this G20. So maybe do your homework people. Its the same mess as the Brisbane flood and the Gold Coast light rail MESS. All Labor's mismanagement.

        Commenter
        aussie
        Date and time
        July 10, 2014, 7:44AM
        • Gillard was invited to host this G20 and before she accepted the invitation she sought and received sanction from the then opposition, so you can't blame just her

          Commenter
          qldisfubar
          Location
          qld
          Date and time
          July 10, 2014, 2:17PM
      • That's right, spend more of our hard earned cash to keep these so called "important" people safe, will we ever be allowed to know how much this fiasco will cost us.

        Commenter
        Pat Hall
        Location
        Capalaba
        Date and time
        July 10, 2014, 8:47AM
        • The money that is being wasted on these most unlikely threats is farcical.

          Commenter
          T.
          Date and time
          July 10, 2014, 10:25AM
          • massive waste of tax payers money

            Commenter
            ian
            Location
            brisbane
            Date and time
            July 10, 2014, 10:28AM

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