Increase in Gold Coast event budget

A TERROR review called for by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is tipped to further blow out the budget for security at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Figures revealed in Estimates hearings in State Parliament show the estimated 2016-17 budget for the Counter Terrorism and Major Events Command is $11.6 million, up from $7.7 million in the previous year.

The Government has also provided more than $4 million in the next 12 months as part of a four-year, $16.2 million commitment to help police case manage and assess persons of interest.

Government sources believe the decision by the prime minister to call for a review in the wake of the deadly Nice attack will have huge ramifications for how security is handled at the Games.

The review by counter terrorism co-ordinator Greg Moriarty would see what further measures could be introduced and consider spy agencies gaining access to mental health records of suspects.

“It (the Nice attacks and review) will impact on the Games for sure,” a government source said.

“It will be a big job.

“They will have to look at getting the right barriers, to stop vehicles.

“They will be using more helicopters.

“It’s not going to come cheap.

“It’s not about just supervising the Games — you will need around-the-clock security on the athletes.”

Police Minister Bill Byrne in Estimates said the threat level in Queensland was “probable” but there was concern in the community.

“The QPS is actively monitoring discriminatory, harassing, bullying or other violent behaviours towards members of our communities, including the Islamic community,” he said.

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie said security planning for GC2018 would rely on lessons learned from events similar to a Commonwealth Games and advice from key partnerships.