Summer Market – Planned to Protect

Summer is well and truly here and has brought with it a stimulating variety of festivals, markets and concerts. Australians are embracing the heat by staying outdoors in the warm evenings with the events on offer providing entertainment and the perfect place to unwind. This event season has seen concerts with sounds from across the decades such as electronic music, rock and classical meaning anyone and everyone can find something to suit their taste. There is no shortage of food either with the extraordinarily diverse range on offer thanks to weekend and evening markets supplying authentic cuisines from around the globe.

The South Melbourne Market has this year, once again, hosted its annual Night Market. Entertainment is available for all ages, with a smorgasbord of food on offer. As the market draws to a close with its final night taking place on the 28th of February, crowds have noticed the new safety feature lining the perimeter of the event site.


22 Archer 1200 portable anti-vehicle barriers have secured the 2019 night market since this year’s first event. The portable barriers are designed to stand against modern-day threats to public safety and are the strongest and most effective portable barrier in the world. Meridian Rapid Defence Group in the US began creating portable barriers in the defence sector over a decade ago with the first design, an anchored barrier system, intended for use at military facilities. Changing circumstances world-wide meant that there became a global need for access to a more mobile solution and thus the Archer 1200 was born.

In early 2018 the Archer 1200’s made their debut appearance in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Markets Mussel and Jazz festival. Since then the barriers have been used at events such as the Police Remembrance march, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service held in Torquay.

The archer 1200 is modular by design with configurations able to adapt based on the environment and changing threat levels. Any movements of the barriers weighing an impressive 400kg, can be accomplished and complete within minutes by just 1-2 people through the use of purpose-built equipment. Organisers everywhere are opting for the Archer 1200 due to its rapid deployment times and user-friendly installation. Other vehicle mitigating solutions which have been used previously and are not as effective as the Archer 1200, have proven to be costly with time-consuming and complicated deployment processes. Meridian Rapid Defence Group have engineered and manufactured the Archer 1200 with a clear understanding that when preparing for an event, time is of the essence.

AML Risk Management understand that each event and location are unique with specific requirements. By completing a consultation and site assessments a tailor-made plan and quote can be provided to anyone considering hostile vehicle mitigation. For more information please visit To book your no obligation consultation call 03 9326 2244 and ask for Barrier Coordinator, Emerald Forrest or email us at

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Proudly Protecting Pride – Anti-Vehicle Barriers Secure Midsumma March

Sweltering temperatures failed to deter participants and spectators from attending the 2019 Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 3rd of February 2019. Thousands lined the streets to show their support to the LGBTQIAP+ community. The Parade commenced with a thrilling display from the Dykes on Bikes group. With their roaring engines marking the first wave of marchers, spectators edged as close as possible to the parade and cheered as the colourful bike procession made its way down Fitzroy Street towards Catani Gardens.

Each year Midsumma Pride March has attracted crowds from all across Victoria, with a remarkable number of businesses and organisations participating in the event. Victoria Police had a more than 150 officers taking part in the march, escorted by the distinctive sounds of the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Life Saving Victoria also had significant involvement in the event with representatives distributing refreshing ice tea as an aid to the extreme heat.

Midsumma Pride March had a dedicated team coordinating the logistics of the parade. With such a large number of participants all hands were on deck to ensure the event operations ran without a hitch and all were pleased with the celebration.


Since beginning portable hostile vehicle barrier deployments in 2018, the Midsumma Pride March required the largest deployment of Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers completed by AML Risk Management. 40 of the resilient barriers were placed at the beginning and end of the Fitzroy Street parade route, with a few of them aiding other mitigating technology discreetly on side streets.

In January 2019, 18 Archer 1200 barriers were added to the 22 units based in Melbourne. The increase comes after a rise in demand for hostile vehicle mitigation barriers required to secure events. In 2018 the first fleet of 18 Archer barriers made their debut appearance in Melbourne at the South Melbourne Markets 2018 Mussel and Jazz Festival. Since this first deployment the barriers have begun to appear across Melbourne and were also a part of Australia Day celebrations in South Perth.


“Hostile vehicle intrusion is an ongoing threat that shouldn’t be ignored” says AML Risk Managements Managing Director Andrew Duffy. “The duty of care to patrons at any event should involve considering and adapting to the possibility of breach by hostile vehicle”.

AML Risk Management Pty Ltd are able to complete a detailed assessment for any location or event considering implementing hostile vehicle barriers. For more information on the Archer 1200 anti-vehicle barriers please visit If you would like to discuss a free no-obligation quote or assessment please contact barrier coordinator Emerald Forrest on 03 9326 2244 or email

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