The first balcony safety system to come out of Australia will be installed on a Sydney residential balcony, the state government announced today.
The balcony is a highly secure space and is often used by couples or families, who often need to go outside for the day to take their children to school.
It will be one of a number of new and innovative technologies installed in NSW by the state’s Planning and Infrastructure Department in the next year.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has already introduced a “closed-off area” in the CBD for families with children.
But in a statement, the government said the state would install a balcony security system for residents and small groups.
It would be installed over the next two years, and it would not have a direct effect on the public realm, said the statement.
Berejikliian announced the new system earlier this year, and a similar system was installed in Melbourne in September.
It has been described as a new “vibrant and elegant” feature, but critics said it did not offer the level of privacy needed by a balcony.
It also does not provide access to the outdoors, but only to the outside.
“This is a great start, but we need to take this opportunity to see if we can deliver a balcony system that offers the best privacy for all,” Berejíkliian said at the time.
“I want to see it become the standard for balconies across the state, so we can all be as happy as possible.”
Berejaiklians cabinet has approved a $2.3 million plan to build more than 2,000 additional balconies.
Topics:community-and-society,community-perceptions,community,cabinet,public-sector,planning,state-parliament,nsw,australiaFirst posted April 06, 2020 11:33:04Contact Emily Pacholke