Mega-mall in Sydney airport is a terrorism risk, report

Published 2 February 2006

New mega-mall planned for Sydney’s bustling airport was supposed to bring in tourists and commerce, but report says it is more likely to attract terrorists

Planning on going to Sydney anytime soon? You may want to know that a proposed $149.5 million mega-mall at Sydney Airport would pose a security threat and make the terminal more vulnerable to terrorism, the New South Wales government says. The development would only sit 250 meters from the northern end of the third runway, and had not been properly assessed for security risks, the government said in a submission to the Sydney Airport Corporation (SACL). The submissions says that “(We recommend that) SACL undertake a rigorous risk assessment of the security issues in constructing and operating the retail precinct along with the necessary mitigation works to adequately manage any risks identified.”

Increased traffic in the area and the impact on surrounding retail businesses were also of concern, the government said. The proposal - which will include an extra 3,000 car spaces, retail outlets, cinema and a pub - is exempt from state planning approvals and requires only federal government consent.

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