MP’S PLEA ON CCTV
Atalla questions Attorney-General in Parliament about funding for cameras throughout CBD
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.