Church overlooking Sydney Harbour forced to cancel their popular New Year’s Eve fireworks party over TERROR fears – because they can’t afford the $10,000 bill for security and bollards to stop an attack, by Stephen Johnson.
St Aidan’s at Longueville, on the lower north shore, had hired bands or put on an annual family-friendly sausage sizzle on the last day of the year since 1999.
The event grew bigger every year to the point 4,000 people would crowd, shoulder to shoulder, along a 100 metre slope of Christina Street as a singer performed on grass outside the church. …
The church’s rector Reverend Craig Potter said new state laws requiring community groups to hire professional security guards and put up concrete or water-filled bollards meant his congregation couldn’t afford a $10,000 bill to ward off a potential terrorist attack.
‘We just couldn’t do it,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday afternoon.
Diversity bollards are now compulsory for outdoor gatherings? Fifty years ago people didn’t even lock their houses. What has changed Australia from a high-trust society to a low-trust society?
hat-tip Stephen Neil