Clem7 tunnel operators are using a hi-tech simulator to train road crews on how to deal with a range of emergency scenarios.

Including potential terror attacks.

Paige Cockburn reports.


It’s incredibly life-like, designed to ensure optimal public protection inside the Clem7.

It can simulate the process of reacting to a stationary car, explosions, chemical spills and security threats.

Brett Simpson, Brisbane Motorway Services: “It issues participants with the tools of ‘major muscle memory’. These actions, major muscle memory actions, for times of high stress during critical incidents ensuring the safety of lives of all those involved.”

The tunnel’s response crew is a combination of 44 ex-military, police, firefighters and paramedics.

A crew member uses a game controller to work through eight random scenarios which feature realistic speech and sound.

One scenario to train the response team features a possible safety threat to the tunnel.

Preparation for this emergency is especially relevant in the lead up to the G20.

The Attorney-General says he is most confident in the tunnel’s security measures.

Jarrod Bleijie, Attorney-General: “These are concerning times but what we ask Queenslanders to be is not be anxious, to go about their daily lives and enjoy the things they always enjoy doing and not be alarmed.”

He was reassured that the tunnel’s users can commute safely.

Paige Cockburn, QUT News.