MP’S PLEA ON CCTV

Atalla ques­tions At­tor­ney-Gen­eral in Par­lia­ment about fund­ing for cam­eras through­out CBD

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

CLOSED-CIR­CUIT TV cam­eras are ur­gently needed in Mt Druitt CBD to help keep a lid on crime.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla has re­newed calls for CCTV cam­eras – raising the is­sue in State Par­lia­ment re­cently.

Mr Atalla lodged a question on no­tice to At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Gabrielle Up­ton, asking whether the State Gov­ern­ment would work with Black­town Council to pro­vide fund­ing for the cam­eras.

The re­sponse is ex­pected this week.

Mt Druitt po­lice crime man­ager In­spec­tor Dave God­dard re­it­er­ated Mr Atalla’s calls.

“It’s a no-brainer; it should be through­out that area,” he said.

THERE are re­newed calls for CCTV cam­eras in Mt Druitt af­ter state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla re­cently put the is­sue back in the spot­light.

On Septem­ber 13 he tabled a question on no­tice in State Par­lia­ment, asking At­tor­ney- Gen­eral Gabrielle Up­ton if the State Gov­ern­ment would work with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and pro­vide fund­ing for cam­eras.

An an­swer is ex­pected this week.

Mr Atalla said CCTV cam­eras were es­sen­tial in Mt Druitt to stop crim­i­nals while help­ing po­lice “iden­tify per­pe­tra­tors and bring them to jus­tice”.

The former Black­town coun­cil­lor said there was an on­go­ing de­bate as to which tier of gov­ern­ment would cover the cost of CCTV.

“Both have a vested in­ter­est,” Mr Atalla said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment ob­vi­ously wants to pro­tect their as­sets, like the rail­way sta­tion and any of their venues, and it’s the council’s CBD and shop­ping cen­tres.

“And again, the council is say­ing com­mer­cial peo­ple in the CBD should be pay­ing.”

The pur­pose of the question on no­tice was also to ad- dress fu­ture con­cerns, such as who would mon­i­tor and main­tain the cost of the CBD hot spot’s cam­eras.

Mr Atalla said he wanted to see CCTV in­stalled fol­low­ing a brief­ing with Mt Druitt po­lice last year. “I was as­ton- ished at the minute de­tail they could get that helps them solve a par­tic­u­lar crime,” he said.

Mt Druitt po­lice crime man­ager In­spec­tor Dave God­dard re­it­er­ated the ur­gent need for CCTV in the cen­tre of the sub­urb.

“It’s a no-brainer – it should be through­out that area,” Insp God­dard said.

He said the mat­ter came down to “crime and the safety of peo­ple in Daw­son Mall and sur­rounds”.

“It is an area where crime is com­mit­ted and, if you look at the CCTV footage at rail- way sta­tions, it’s first-class,” Insp God­dard said.

A spokesman con­firmed Black­town Council was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cost of CCTV in Black­town and Mt Druitt.

“Ac­cord­ing to quo­ta­tions re­ceived last year, the cost of in­stal­la­tion alone could range from $920,000 to $2.3 mil­lion, de­pend­ing on the sys­tem,” the spokesman said. “Based on ... other coun­cils, it will be a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing and has to be ex­am­ined and de­bated be­fore a de­ci­sion can be made.”

Liver­pool, Fair­field and Parramatta coun­cils have had CCTV sys­tems set up in the past two years.

I was as­ton­ished at the minute de­tail they could get that helps (po­lice) solve a par­tic­u­lar crime Ed­mond Atalla

Calls for CCTV in Mt Druitt.

Fair­field Council in­stalled CCTV cam­eras across the CBD in 2015.

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