Mossman not keen on CCTV
MEMBERS of the Mossman Chamber of Commerce have given the “thumbs down” to the proposal for CCTV security cameras to be installed in the town.
Vice president David Cotton opened a discussion about CCTV at last week’s monthly meeting and found members were firmly against the idea.
“Although the Mossman Chamber of Commerce thinks CCTV is good we, the members of the chamber, believe it is a waste of taxpayer’s money,” he said.
“We believe that walking down the streets of Mossman and Port Douglas is safe - the only reason violence takes place in either town is purely fuelled by alcohol.
“Therefore we believe that the pubs, clubs and bars who serve the alcohol should be responsible for installing their own CCTV security cameras or they need to take measures in controlling their patrons.”
The Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce has backed a push by local police to install CCTV in strategic locations to react to crimes as they happen and use as evidence in prosecutions.
The installation of the cameras would be paid for by the Cairns Regional Council and monitored by council’s City Safe 24-hour security team in Cairns.
CCTV currently operates in the Cairns CBD and the council is considering which areas to roll the program out to next, depending on a study by James Cook University on the effectiveness of the initiative.
Mossman police have also indicated they would support the rollout of CCTV in Mossman’s Front St.