24 - 25 October, 2017 | Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am COFFEE AND NETWORKING


Pernille Christensen

Senior Lecturer, Property Economics, Property Development & Planning
University of Technology Sydney


9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Espai Barça, FC Barcelona Case Study – Strengthening Camp Nou through Design and Security Procedures

William T. Mannarelli - Director – Real Estate, Espai Barca, FC Barcelona
The Espai Barça Project, which aims to update FC Barcelona’s sporting infrastructure for the next 50 years, will completely renovate the world renowned Camp Nou and increase its capacity from 99,000 to over 105,000. In addition, the Espai Barça Project entails building a new Palau Blaugrana with a capacity of 12,500, an additional training court with a capacity of 2,000, an international ice rink, a new social area, a new commercial area, revamped Club offices, La Masia and underground parking facilities serving over 3,200 vehicles. The project to remodel the Camp Nou will cost €360 million and the cost of the entire project is budgeted at €600 million. This session will examine the security aspects that were taken into consideration for the project, including:

  • Managing high density of crowds outside entry gates – and ensuring the smooth flow of people
  • Designing the funnel points to ensure control of who enters
  • Physical perimeter hardening to prevent vehicle-borne attacks
  • Hardening through landscaping – preventing vehicles approaching the venue

William T. Mannarelli

Director – Real Estate
Espai Barca, FC Barcelona

9:50 am - 10:30 am Victoria Police Perspective: Mitigating the Security Risk at Crowded Places – How Public and Private Sector Stakeholders can Improve Public Safety

Ross Guenther APM - Assistant Commissioner, Counter Terrorism Command, Victoria Police
  • Gaining a better understanding of the risk environment and options for preventing and dealing with security incidents at crowded places
  • How private sector stakeholders can use an intelligence-led, risk management approach to reduce the security risks posed at crowded places
  • What prevention, preparedness, response and recovery arrangements should look like - how to improve responses to active shooter or high risk security situations
  • How public venues can increase chances of a quick resolution
  • Developing contingency plans that can supplement existing emergency response plans and arrangements at facilities and venues
  • Communicating with the public in terms of personal protection

Ross Guenther APM

Assistant Commissioner, Counter Terrorism Command
Victoria Police



11:00 am - 11:40 am Case study: Best Practice Venue Hardening Strategies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Phil England - Health and Safety Manager , Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the city’s home of sport.

It has been the home of Australian football since 1859, and was the birthplace of Test cricket in 1877 and one-day international cricket in 1971. It was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games, attracts up to 100,000 fans to the annual AFL Grand Final, and comes to life each Christmas at the Boxing Day Test.

This session will address:
  • Adapting to a changing threat environment
  • Changing the organisation’s risk and threat assessments in order to be fully prepared
  • Getting the business case right to ensure funding
  • Hardening perimeters, security points and processes while creating a non threatening fan experience
  • Managing the security of ‘event days’ versus ‘nonevent’ days
  • Changing the culture and managing insider threats

Phil England

Health and Safety Manager
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

11:40 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: Venue hardening in the Australian Capital Territory

Matthew Elkins - Senior Manager - Events and Operations, Venues Canberra
This session will look at the security aspects of GIO Stadium, Manuka Oval and Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), which are home to hundreds of events each year.

The talk will look at:
  • How a venue engages with effectively with incoming information - from intelligence agencies, policing, and through to the government
  • Last mile principle - how do you extend that to safety and security to review who is attending events and keeping issues outside?
  • Recent investments in CCTV, technology, landscaping principles and other venue hardening principles
  • Ensuring hard and soft security presence to provide information back to the control centre
  • Evacuation simulation and strategies for handling the flow of people

Matthew Elkins

Senior Manager - Events and Operations
Venues Canberra

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Hotel Case study: Building a Culture of ‘See something, Say something, Do something’ - Leveraging Safety from Hundreds of Sets of Eyes

Michael Dalton - Cluster Director Security and Risk, Marriott Hotels
While hotels provide civilian protection during an emergency, they can also be the target of an attack.

This session will tackle the follow issues:
  • Procedures for providing shelter and reducing the number of people on the streets
  • Training security staff to be vigilant for odd behaviours
  • Threat assessment and risk based decisions – getting away from generic approaches
  • What does a lock down actually mean? Reviewing staff procedures for swift a response to ensure safety
  • Scenario planning if the hotel is the target
  • Reviewing the three principles of ‘run, hide and fight’
  • Communicating the principles of self protection to employees
  • Taking an outwards in approach to venue protection

Michael Dalton

Cluster Director Security and Risk
Marriott Hotels

2:00 pm - 12:00 am ASIO Perspective: Domestic security environment and key investigative targets

Rob . - Senior Manager, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)

Rob .

Senior Manager
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)



3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Case study of Sydney Cricket Ground: Crowd movements and crowd flows - dos and don’t for safer management of mass gathering

Luke Schibeci - Manager – Security, Risk and Emergency Management, Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust
The Sydney Cricket Ground, host to this conference, is one of the world’s great stadia. Playing host to hundreds of sports and entertainment events annually, the Sydney Cricket Ground has a seated capacity of 48,000, while the Allianz Stadium can seat 44,000.

In this session, Luke will examine:
  • Integrating emergency management plans and security management plans
  • Exploring the advantages of facial recognition technology
  • Looking at creating layers of where vehicles can and cannot go
  • Risk processes for managing the movement of large crowds
  • Providing adequate space covered at the entrances for the bag checking
  • Scenario planning for quick entry and exits in an emergency
  • Strategically planning the placement of exits

Luke Schibeci

Manager – Security, Risk and Emergency Management
Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust

The threat environment for security has changed as we know it. This discussion will examine in broad terms how key stakeholders are now responding to the changing nature of security incidents:

  • Comparing the counter-terrorism mandates across venues in Europe and the US - what can Australia learn?
  • Analysing intelligence sharing between all stakeholders – how can this be improved?
  • In terms of protecting public venues, how is the level of police presence decided?
  • Should the community or the venue pay for police presence?
  • Defining active security responding capability
  • How this drives the strategy for venue owners
  • Security at Major Events - Where does a Venue’s Protection of the Public Stop?

Luke Schibeci

Manager – Security, Risk and Emergency Management
Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust


Phil England

Health and Safety Manager
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)


Michael Dalton

Cluster Director Security and Risk
Marriott Hotels