I've spent a little bit of time in Australia in the last 4 years. While I was there, I informed the American Embassy of my whereabouts just in
Today I received this email from the American Consulate General in Australia:
Consulate General of the United States
LEVEL 10 MLC CENTRE 19-29 MARTIN PLACE SYDNEY NSW 2000
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
September 20, 2012
Sydney law enforcement authorities have advised of possible anti-American demonstrations in Sydney for Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September
23. U.S. citizens should avoid Sydney’s Hyde Park and its perimeter area and Martin Place on both Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23.
Previous demonstrations in Sydney on September 15, 2012 occurred in Martin Place and Hyde Park and turned violent.
Melbourne law enforcement authorities have also advised of possible anti-American protests in downtown Melbourne on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday,
September 23. Should they occur, U.S. citizens should avoid the immediate demonstration areas.
Fast-forming anti-American protests in Australia remain possible. U.S. citizens should in all cases avoid any political demonstrations that may
develop and continue to monitor the Australian media and Consulate messages to obtain the latest information. In the event an anti-American
demonstration develops, U.S. citizens should leave the area promptly.
The Department of State remains concerned about the threat of violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are
reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance, to be aware of their surroundings and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
The U.S. Consulate General has advised its staff members to avoid attracting attention to themselves as U.S. citizens. For additional information on
maintaining a discreet profile, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".
U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public
services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to
U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Department of State encourages U.S. citizens living overseas or planning to travel abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP). When you enroll in STEP, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. Enrolling will also make it easier for
the Embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date; it is particularly
important when you enroll or update your information to include a current phone number and e-mail address.
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll
line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
(except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel
Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution, by “following” the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and “liking” the Bureau
of Consular Affairs page on Facebook.
The Consulate General will continue to monitor the information it receives and will provide updates as needed.
To subscribe or unsubscribe to this list send e-mail to SydneyACS@state.gov.
American Citizens Services (ACS)
Level 10, MLC Centre
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone Number: (02) 9373-9200
After Hours Telephone Number: (02) 4422-2201
Anyone living in Sydney or Melbourne, especially Americans, need to heed this warning!
p.s. Australia is the most beautiful country I've ever been to and would love to live there if it wasn't so darn expensive. And the Aussies are
fantastic people. They know how to enjoy life.