The truth behind mysterious Sydney Harbour Bridge shipping container


Why mysterious shipping container has becoming a permanent feature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for MONTHS

  • The shipping unit contained material used for the maintenance of the bridge 
  • Police said the car was not guarding the unit but was part of another operation
  • Police were on high alert after climate activists announced a week-long protest
  • Dozens of protesters flooded the streets of Sydney’s CBD about 8am on Monday 
  • The police car was part of a high-visibility operation to deter Blockade activists 

A shipping container that has become an almost permanent feature of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has sparked rampant speculation about its purpose – particularly as it is often flanked by a police car. 

A photo emerged last week of a NSW Police car parked next to the container on the iconic landmark, prompting several locals to question why officers have often been seen nearby. 

‘Why are the police here every morning on the Sydney Harbour Bridge next to this shipping container?’ a Reddit user asked.

The police vehicle was pictured parked next to a refrigerated storage unit on the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured) but law enforcement said they the car was part of a high-visibility operation to deter Blockade activists and was not guarding the container

The police vehicle was pictured parked next to a refrigerated storage unit on the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured) but law enforcement said they the car was part of a high-visibility operation to deter Blockade activists and was not guarding the container

Users joked the storage unit contained the $25 million NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet committed for the construction of a third flagpole to fly the Aboriginal flag atop the bridge. 

‘It’s the new police unit to protect the additional flag,’ one quipped.

‘That’s where the 25mil is in cold hard cash for the new flag,’ another user commented.  

However, the container simply contains materials used for the bridge’s cleaning and maintenance, officials said. 

The storage unit contained material used for cleaning and the maintenance of the iconic landmark (stock, Sydney Harbour Bridge)

The storage unit contained material used for cleaning and the maintenance of the iconic landmark (stock, Sydney Harbour Bridge)

Some users speculated police were guarding the container against Blockade Australia – an extreme environmental group which started week-long protests on Monday. 

Police said the vehicle parked on the bridge was part of a high-visibility operation designed to deter activists and was not guarding the shipping container. 

‘NSW Police has absolutely nothing to do with this container,’ NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘We are NOT guarding it, it has nothing to do with the current operation. I understand it’s (the container) been there for months.’

Police were on high alert after Blockade activists used a messaging app to send out a plan for ‘mass disruption’ on Sunday, which included legal advice as well as instructions on how to cause traffic chaos. 

Dozens of protesters stormed the city’s roads from 8am on Monday hurling signs, fencing and traffic cones onto the streets slowing down police and commuters.

A woman from the group’s Lismore contingent proudly posted footage online of herself chained to her steering wheel by the neck while her white hatchback blocked traffic from entering the Harbour Tunnel. 

‘I’m Mali, I’m 22. I’m [here] in protest of the climate destruction that is happening in this continent right now,’ she said in a video posted to social media. 

‘There are some really angry people who are screaming and threatening me – banging on windows and doors.’

Traffic was backed for several kilometres as motorists were diverted to the Harbour Bridge. 

The tunnel was reopened after the car was removed, the Transport Management Centre said at 9.12am.

NSW Police said 11 people, including the woman taken into custody at the tunnel’s entrance, had been arrested in the wake of the ‘unauthorised protests’.  

Blockade protester, Mail, 22, (pictured) blocked the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and locked herself to her steering wheel with a bike lock before proudly posting the footage online. The white hatchback was parked across two lanes caused chaos for thousands of motorists

Blockade protester, Mail, 22, (pictured) blocked the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and locked herself to her steering wheel with a bike lock before proudly posting the footage online. The white hatchback was parked across two lanes caused chaos for thousands of motorists

The ten protesters who were arrested in the CBD were taken to Surry Hills and Day Street Police Stations, where charges are expected.

In a statement, the radical group said their protest activities had ‘begun’ with ‘its Sydney mobilization to resist climate destruction’.

‘Sydney is where Australia’s operation began, and for more than two centuries, it has been where Australia’s destruction of this continent has been most intense,’ a spokesperson for the group said.

‘The institutions of Australia are concentrations of coercive power that enable this exploitation. Our collective survival rests on organised opposition and the use of strategic direct action to stand against this project of destruction.

‘Blockade Australia will continue to cause disruption and resist climate destruction in the days to come.’ 

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