CCTV back on radar
CCTV is “on the radar” for Port Douglas and Mossman.
Cairns Regional Council community, sport and cultural services manager Ian Lowth said the Douglas region would be considered for CCTV funding as part of 2013/14 budget considerations.
Council has applied to the State Government for a $100,000 subsidy to expand its CitySafe program, which has more than 70 CCTV cameras installed around the Cairns CBD which are monitored 24 hours a day.
The subsidy would enable council to expand its fibre optic network with several wireless cameras to be installed around West Cairns and on the fringes of the CBD.
Mr Lowth said while CCTV for Port Douglas and Mossman was not in the current budget, a review of the CitySafe program to determine priorities for the next five years included the Douglas region.
The use of wireless cameras would mean Port Douglas and Mossman could be monitored as part of the CitySafe program.
“It would be a longer-g term option as there are technical issues which make it more expensive due to the distance but it is likely to be considered as part of council’s 2013/14 capital works budget,” Mr Lowth said.
“The views of police and data from crime stats would be incorporated into any decision to expand the CitySafe network.
“It may be that council decides to install a standalone camera in Port Douglas or Mossman as a first step before the wireless technology is introduced to monitor the cameras in real time.”
Port Douglas Police Officer-inCharge Senior Sergeant Damian Meadows said he was is in favour of CCTV in the region.
“I’m in favour of any tool in aid of police in identifying offenders and assisting in prosecutions and also a tool in making Port Douglas a better safer place,” he said.
“A lot of minor offences people report to police has no leads whatsoever and it’s quite frustrating to solve matters like that with no supportive evidence.
“But it if we had the equipment police could access easily enough, we’d be fortunate.”