Friday, March 1, 2024

Bayside sounds support for vehicle noise camera trial

Bayside Council says its looking forward to working with the NSW Government, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and NSW Police to trial vehicle noise activated cameras in the local government area.

Mayor, Christina Curry said the announcement in March by Minister for Small Business, and Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper, confirming that the EPA would trial the camera technology was great news for the people of Bayside, especially those living in the suburbs along the foreshore.

“Bayside Council is already using sophisticated high-tech cameras incorporating licence plate recognition technology to help curb anti-social behaviour, and I believe we are well placed to take part in any trial of noise activated cameras,” Mayor Curry said.

MP Steve Kamper, Mayor Christina Curry and Councillor Ed McDougall at one of the current smart cameras at Sans Souci.

She said Council began trialling Licence Plate Recognition sophisticated high-tech cameras some years ago as part of a collaboration with NSW Police.

The first static cameras with the ability to read and record the licence plate of a vehicle, capture illegal activity and anti-social behaviour were installed in Sandringham. 

Dubbed ‘hoon-cams’ for their ability to help bring hoons to account, the cameras monitor anti-social behaviour including hooning and can even catch anyone defacing local businesses with graffiti.

The Mayor says the cameras have seen a significant reduction in the number of incident reports and complaints from the community.

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