Regional police urge vigilance after Paris terror attack

POLICE are warning regional residents to be "vigilant" in the wake of the Paris terror attack.

Authorities across Queensland and NSW are on high alert, fearing militants may strike at any time.

However, a terror expert says regional areas are low-profile targets compared to major cities.


Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told APN Newsdesk on Sunday, Queenslanders needed to keep their eyes open despite there being no threat at this stage.

"The national terrorism public alert level remains at high and I urge all Queenslanders to be vigilant as they go about their daily lives as usual," he said.

"QPS is continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with our national and international counterparts, but currently there is no known specific threat to Queensland."

How does the Paris attack make you feel about your safety?

This poll ended on 30 November 2015.

Current Results

No different. These were isolated extremists who want us to feel scared. I won't let them win.


A little unsafe. This could happen anywhere, with any target.


Really worried. I don't think Australia is prepared for an attack like this.


It makes me less likely to visit Europe, but I feel safe here.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A NSW Police spokesman said that state's officers would "continue to provide the appropriate levels of security" at mass gatherings.

"While Australia's current security alert is high, meaning a terrorist attack is likely, it's important that people remain vigilant," the spokesman said.

Australian Local Government Association president Troy Pickard said councils across the country were prepared to work with authorities if called upon.

"Local government is ready to assist where asked," Cr Pickard said.

Griffith University Professor Andrew O'Neil said terrorists would target capital cities because they wanted mass casualties and saturation media coverage.

"You've got to think about from the point of view of how terrorists think," he said.

"They want a lot of people watching and a lot of people dead - so mass causality attacks are the way to go."

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