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ACT government happy with current security at Manuka Oval and Canberra Stadium

No change: The ACT government will not build a security fence, like the one at the MCG, at Manuka Oval or Canberra Stadium. Photo: Daniel PockettThe ACT government has contingencies in place to increase security at both Manuka Oval and Canberra Stadium, but at this stage plans to keep security at its current levels.

Security fences were installed at the MCG for the Boxing Day Test and have also been put up at Sydney Football Stadium for A-League games in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks last month.

The MCG fence could remain in place for the upcoming AFL season, after Fairfax Media revealed the AFL planned to increase security following what happened in France.

There will be a one-day international between Australia and India at Manuka on January 20, plus Greater Western Sydney’s pre-season game and three AFL games there later in the year.

Canberra Stadium will also host all of the Canberra Raiders and ACT Brumbies home games in the NRL and Super Rugby, respectively.

But fans will not be subjected to increased security at either of those venues.

Deputy director-general of arts, business, events, sport and tourism, Jeff House, said the government was ready to act if anything changed.

“We have contingencies in place if there is going to be a need to increase security, but unless and until we get information from police to warrant an increased level of security we won’t implement [them],” he told Fairfax Media.

House said ACT Policing decided what levels of security were appropriate at their venues and the government acted accordingly.

He said there were no plans to increase the current levels, which were “essentially bag searches and random ‘wanding’ – metal detection – and of course the standard complement of security guards”.

“We take our lead in terms of security arrangements from the police. There’s obviously a standard level of security that’s required regardless of threat levels or anything like that,” House said.

“If there’s some advice or information we get from police that warrants change to security arrangements we will certainly implement those and we have plans for that.

“But unless we get information from police to warrant those changes we won’t implement them and we are satisfied with the level of security that we’ve got at present.”

Meanwhile, Fairfax Media believes no action will be taken against Cricket Australia board member Tony Harrison for labelling Canberrans “fat cat bureaucrats”.

Harrison, a former Cricket Tasmania chairman, made the comments in the wake of revelations Manuka Oval was edging closer to hosting its first ever Test match due to poor crowds in Hobart.

While Harrison will not be sanctioned for his divisive comments, it is believed many in Australian cricket were upset by his remarks.

Cricket Australia declined to comment.

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