Archer Barriers Make Perth Debut

Australians everywhere have embraced the true spirit of Australia Day over the long weekend. Whether attending a barbeque with friends and family or joining the festivities each major city had to offer, there was no shortage of celebrations. With most major cities concluding the day with a fireworks display, the City of South Perth put on a particularly stirring demonstration at the Skyshow along the South Perth foreshore.

The Skyshow came in conclusion to the family friendly Celebration Day which began at 1:30pm with the peak attendance at approximately 7:00pm. A crowd of over 300,000 was expected to attend the Skyshow making it one of the largest Australia day events. Families, couples and people of all ages attended and watched in awe of the spectacular show and were not disappointed by the extensive display. Both sides of the Swan River were lined with people settling in to get the best possible view for the night.

With crowds at this capacity the logistics behind the event require detailed planning and assessments to ensure safety for all, over the duration of the day. Security guards were placed over the site to assist patrons and police could be found all around to maintain public order. Many road closures and traffic diversions were put into place throughout the day in preparation for the large expected attendance.

Implemented along with traffic management equipment, the Archer 1200 portable barrier system was positioned at the entrance to the carpark next to the foreshore. Soft technologies such as traffic cones and street closure signs were placed as the initial vehicle diversion. Strategically located a few metres behind, was a secure line of 6 Archer 1200 barriers. Each barrier was connected to the next, in order to stop any potential breach by dangerous vehicles.


In 2018 the Archer 1200 barrier, engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group, was introduce to Melbourne Australia. AML Risk Management Pty Ltd was chosen as the Australia provider for barrier rentals. Since the barriers arrival, the Archer 1200’s have been used to secure events throughout Melbourne including the 2018 Police Remembrance March and Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. Making their debut appearance in Perth at the City of South Perth’s Celebration Day, the Archer 1200 system can be expected to be seen more frequently in Western Australia.


AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to provide a detailed assessment and quote for any event or location in need of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers. For imformation please visit our website. To discuss you mitigation needs please contact 03 9326 2244 and ask for Coordinator Emerald Forrest, or email

Festivities Begin with Barriers

Celebrations for the Vietnamese-Chinese New Year have begun in full force with the season initiated by the Victoria Street Lunar Festival, Richmond. With a multitude of food vendors, performers and market stalls on offer from Hoddle Street to Church Street, crowds rallied and shared in the excitement of the first festive instalment for the year of the Pig.

While crowds congregated in the street and actively participated in all the day had to offer, extensive security and risk management planning was being put in to action. While as necessary for festivals of this variety, security was placed throughout the site to maintain order. Meanwhile, 12 Archer 1200 barriers were strategically positioned at the main closure points to protect attendees from breach by dangerous vehicles.

With stalls and other attractions the event had to offer positioned a significant distance from the streets closure points, the barriers were placed somewhat inconspicuously at each end. An Archer 1200 barrier weighs an impressive 400kg and is ready to protect once locked into place. Accessories and strategic placement of the barriers can also allow for emergency vehicle access. The tested and PAS 68 certified Modular design of the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barrier means environmental factors can be taken into consideration to allow a suitable deployment.

Globally we have continued to see an increase in vehicles used as improvised weapons targeting crowds with devastating results. Two vehicle attacks took place during New Year’s celebrations over the 31st of December 2018 to the 1st of January 2019 reminding us that we must always remain vigilant.


While organisers are aware of the threat of vehicles driven by those intent on causing harm, we must also consider the fact that accidental misconduct can result in a vehicle entering a secured zone. Be that someone mistaking the accelerator for the brake, or a driver not realising their vehicle has veered off track due to a moments distraction, vehicle barriers are a sure way to keep the public safe.

To discuss your mitigation needs or for a free no-obligation quote or assessment, please contact Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email us at For more information please visit our website –

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Vehicle Security – Ready and Rising

Portable anti-vehicle barriers have rapidly become an unquestionable necessity for stakeholders everywhere. With the use of vehicles as improvised weapons on the rise, the threat has regrettably become very real.

Over 2018 a number of vehicle attacks were carried out globally. Though not all resulted in fatalities, the lives of those injured and involved in such events were more than significantly impacted. With each occurrence inducing an alarming sense of reality, more and more preventative measures are being implemented to preserve and protect lives.

Recently at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA, US) a number of the Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barriers, engineered and manufactured by Meridian Rapid Defence Group, have been deployed. These security measures were put into place to increase the safety of an event expected to draw a crowd of more than 700,000. While this is not the first time the barriers have been used at this location, it is the largest deployment the Rose Bowl has seen. The quantity of barriers used on the 1st of January 2019 was more than double that which was used at the 2018 Rose Bowl Game.

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Meridian Rapid Defence Group service a number of locations across America and have assisted in securing major events and locations such as the Mardi Gras Parade, GRAMMY awards and Washington Naval base. Melbourne has now seen deployments of its own take place after AML Risk Management Pty Ltd were chosen as the Australian provider of the Archer 1200.

Major events such as Carols by Candlelight have been secured by the Archer 1200 system. Catering to these events is a complex task as vehicles and pedestrians flock to surrounding areas in high volumes. Anti-Vehicle barriers must be able to protect the area from vehicles without hindering a pedestrian’s ability to move freely through the area.


Plans must also consider that each event or location may require authorised vehicle access, be that staff or emergency vehicles. The modular design of the Archer 1200 allows comprehensive configurations to be deployed. Vehicle access may be granted as necessary and strength levels of the deployment can be increased in response to varied threat levels.

For more information on the Archer 1200 barriers please visit AML Risk Management are able to provide a free no-obligation quote or assessment upon request. To receive your free quote or assessment please contact coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email us at

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Remains Necessary

Over New Years Eve, an event that is celebrated globally, two reported vehicle attacks have taken place. The vehicle attacks were carried out at popular tourists locations in Tokyo and Germany, injuring more than a dozen people including two children.

While the motives behind using a vehicle as an improvised weapon in these two cases and others alike may vary, the aftermath can be equally as devastating.

Authorities are quick to respond and take action to prevent the continuation of any attack. The bravery of those who are quick to attend high risk situations is remarkable, and sadly necessary when in the presence of an attacker with intent to cause harm.

Celebrations such as New Years Eve draw crowds to events and festivals, but also to iconic locations. It is at these times that police, security and risk management personnel are increased and used to ensure crowds are able to enjoy the festivities in the safest way possible.

In 2018 Melbourne has seen the introduction of modular vehicle barriers that are PAS 68 Certified and have the ability to harden the perimeter of crowd heavy locations. The Archer 1200 Portable Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers have been used at a large-scale in the US and are catching the attention of safety planners in Australia.


Each unit can easily be deployed by 1 person, and is ready to protect once in place. The unique modular design of the Archer 1200, means that the configurations can be adapted in response to changing threat levels and the site environment. Through the use of accessories, emergency vehicle access may also be granted in the event it is required.

AML Risk Management is able to provide a detailed assessment for any site or location requiring vehicle mitigation barriers. To book your assessment, or for a free no-obligation consultation, please email us or call 03 9326 2244 and ask for barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest.

AML Risk Management – for real Planning, Protection and Prevention.