Wednesday, June 23, 2021

CCTV to pull focus on Torquay

New CCTV is being considered for installation at Maryborough City Hall, a Torquay retail precinct and the Torquay Road skate park in Pialba.

At its March meeting, Fraser Coast Regional Council agreed to consider installing internal and external cameras at the Maryborough City Hall, extending the coverage of cameras at the Bideford Street retail precinct and installing cameras at the skate park in Torquay Road.

“The CCTV network has been very helpful for police to track down offenders,” Councillor Zane O’Keefe said.

“Most recently footage was used to identify people who destroyed video screens and vandalised the Duncan Chapman statue in Queens Park in Maryborough,” he said.

“There is also a lot of evidence that the presence of the cameras leads to a decrease in antisocial behaviours.

“The feedback we have received is that it also makes the community feel safer.”

The three new projects, which will be considered as part of the 2021/22 budget deliberations, would cost $118,000 and were among 28 requests for CCTV cameras received by Council.

“Of the remaining requests, 16 were estimated to cost $397,000 and will be considered in future budget deliberations,” Cr O’Keefe said.

Council’s CCTV network is valued at almost $2 million and includes 504 cameras at locations throughout the Fraser Coast.

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