South Melbourne Night Market-Twilight Marketgoers, York Street, Thurs Jan 5, 2017

The City of Port Phillip has enlisted National Protective Services (NPS) for another seven years as part of the council’s plans to boost general and event security within the area, which holds some of Melbourne’s most popular and well-attended events.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said the new seven-year deal with NPS would ensure public safety at the range of venues and events in the area, including the St Kilda Film Festival, citizenship ceremonies and gallery openings, as reported in Leader Community News today.

The new deal will see the council and NPS’ relationship span more than three decades, says NPS CEO Rachaell Saunders. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with the City of Port Phillip,” she said. “We’ve worked hard to help keep its residents, businesses and visitors to the area safe and secure for nearly 30 years and want to continue to do so.”

Ms Saunders praised the council for the length of the contract, saying that this long-term thinking and partnership development was key to ensuring good event security and overall security in an ever-changing environment. “It’s fantastic to see local government being proactive by not only looking at its current security needs, but also what it could also need going forward,” she said.

“Being prepared for what might be ahead and working with a trusted security provider – who’s team knows the area inside out — is a smart way to tackle security.”