- Friday 21 September 2018
Sunshine Coast Council welcomes the announcement by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce that it will manage the installation and operational costs of additional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the Caloundra CBD.
The public space cameras primarily located in Bulcock Street and Felicity Park, will be in addition to the 42 cameras that council operates and maintains on the Sunshine Coast, including 18 already in Caloundra, 13 in Mooloolaba, nine in Nambour and two in Maroochydore.
Division 2 Cr Tim Dwyer said council approved an application by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce in May this year to install additional CCTV cameras in the Caloundra CBD with an aspiration that both parties enter into a formal agreement outlining their respective roles and responsibilities.
“The Chamber had applied for and received a $140,000 Federal Government Safer Communities Program grant however the grant did not cover the ongoing costs which ultimately would be an extra financial burden on our ratepayers,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Council has actively requested to meet with State Government representatives and the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce to collaborate to resolve the ongoing operational and maintenance cost issue.
“I’m pleased that the chamber has stepped forward in this instance to cover the additional costs, given council is covering the costs of the existing 18 cameras in Caloundra.
“It has always been council’s intention to have the issue of CCTV managed to achieve the best outcomes for the Sunshine Coast community.
“Council will continue to work closely with stakeholders, including the Queensland Police Service, to deliver community safety initiatives and partnerships in line with the Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan 2016-2020.”
Cr Dwyer said council’s advice from Queensland Police Service was that Caloundra CBD did not have a serious crime problem and CCTV was just one of a suite of mechanisms that could be used to improve community safety and it may not at times be an appropriate response.
“Ultimately State Government is responsible for law and order and to provide more resources, especially police on the beat,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Our ratepayers already pay their taxes to cover the State’s responsibilities for law and order and to properly resource the Police Service and, through that, crime prevention.
“It’s unfair and inappropriate to expect that this ongoing responsibility should fall back to the local government and impose an extra financial burden on our ratepayers – particularly when councils receive the smallest share (ie. 3%) of all public taxation revenue generated.”