The rural town of Bendigo, in country Victoria, won’t be putting on its yearly Fun Run in November as planned due to safety concerns. A large chunk of the cost for setting up the run would come from the installation of concrete bollards to prevent a potential vehicle jihad – which costs tens of thousands of dollars.
Daily Mail (h/t Marvin W) ‘We are disappointed that this great event is being cancelled but safety is the number one priority,’ Bendigo Health chairman Scott Elkington told the Bendigo Advertiser. He said after costs for anti-terrorism measures are added together, the event would no longer be feasible.
Elkington said the amount of time needed to set up and pack down a number of barriers would be another challenge for organisers. There’s also a requirement to have 40 vehicles and trucks parked next to the concrete bollards to stop terrorists driving into crowds of runners and spectators.
The event has been running for the past 12 years as Bendigo Health Foundation’s major yearly fundraiser. It is the first time the anti-terror steps have been required. He said the cost of implementing new anti-terror measures meant the event was not feasible as a fundraiser.
Last year’s fun run attracted more than 2000 participants and raised more than $86,000, which means meaning the local hospital will be missing out on much needed funding this year.