Macrossan CCTV funding no closer
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.