Loudspeakers at Federation Square to send alert warnings. Picture: Josie Hayden
Loudspeakers at Federation Square to send alert warnings. Picture: Josie Hayden

CBD terror alert speakers to be tested

Melbourne's emergency alert system will be tested for the first time today.

Speakers have been installed at 65 city sites to warn people to move, leave or bunker down in the event of a terrorist or Flinders St-style vehicle attack.

Another 30 locations will have speakers by the end of 2018.

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Federation Square is one of 95 sites to have speakers. Picture: Josie Hayden
Federation Square is one of 95 sites to have speakers. Picture: Josie Hayden

This morning's 10.45am test at the State Library will broadcast a "warning signal" and test message, as well as reassurances that it is only a practice run.

The new system is the latest measure to protect Victorians during potentially-deadly emergencies.

Emergency services can also issue location-based text warnings.

Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the speakers could be used a range of emergencies, including terror attacks, hijackings, sieges and riots.

Loudspeakers at Federation Square to send alert warnings. Picture: Josie Hayden
Loudspeakers at Federation Square to send alert warnings. Picture: Josie Hayden

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"This new tool is a quick way for us to alert the community of any imminent risks and ensure their safety," he said.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said the alarm system improved security, although she hoped they would never be needed.

"The Public Address System is another measure we've put in place to help protect Victorians and visitors to Melbourne in case of an emergency situation," she said.

"These speakers can and will be used to provide increased security and assurances to Victorians."

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Warnings can also be issued from speakers at Swanston St. Picture: Josie Hayden
Warnings can also be issued from speakers at Swanston St. Picture: Josie Hayden


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