The Department of Defence has advised today (Wednesday 27 September) that the period of protest has been shortened and that access to Swan Island will be available on Friday 29 September from normal opening time, one day earlier than originally anticipated.


The Department of Defence has been advised by Victoria Police that a group known as the Swan Island Peace Convergence intends to conduct a protest at the entry to Swan Island during the period 25th to 29th September 2017.  

As a result of advice from local authorities to ensure site safety and security, Defence will be restricting public access to Swan Island via the Swan Island bridge, including to the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club premises, for the duration of the protest event.  This decision, while consistent with precautions in previous years, has not been taken lightly, and the impact on the amenity of the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club is understood and regretted. However the safety of employees and the public, and the security of Defence operations at Swan Island remain the first priority.

Access to the Club via water will continue to be possible.


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