Macrossan CCTV fund­ing no closer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas has been over­looked again by Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for CCTV fund­ing to mon­i­tor hotspots in Macrossan St.

But Division 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu is push­ing for coun­cil to in­clude the Dou­glas re­gion in coun­cil’s re­view of the Ci­tySafe pro­gram, which is com­prised of a net­work of closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras, which are in use in the Cairns CBD, and may also be in­stalled in other lo­ca­tions as de­ter­mined by coun­cil.

Coun­cil is about 70 per cent into fi­nal­is­ing a five-year strate­gic plan that in­cludes a busi­ness case for any pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the CCTV net­work, which does not in­clude Port Dou­glas.

Cr Leu ar­gued at yes­ter­day’s coun­cil meet­ing for Port Dou­glas to be con­sid­ered for any ex­pan- sion of the CCTV net­work.

“I asked for Port Dou­glas to be in­cluded as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sub­sidy Pro­gram, and re­ferred to the re­quest last year by the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce, but was told there was no bud­get for Port Dou­glas to be in­cluded as we were too re­mote,” Cr Leu said.

“I have now asked for Port Dou­glas to be in­cluded in fu­ture plans.”

Coun­cil spokes­woman Lea Guy yes­ter­day con­firmed there is presently no bud­get for CCTV cam­eras in Port Dou­glas and said any fu­ture bud­get al­lo­ca­tion would need to be de­ter­mined by the coun­cil.

An ex­pan­sion of the CCTV net­work to Port Dou­glas is sup­ported by po­lice and the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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