Support for CCTV crime prevention move
A crime prevention CCTV initiative planned for Tokoroa’s CBD is back in action after a short break.
SW Safer Community Council founder Gordon Blake said the organisers were waiting on a show of support from the South Waikato District Council before they knuckled down with fundraising.
Mayor Neil Sinclair has indicated the council will match the initiative’s fundraising efforts dollar for dollar, Mr Blake said.
‘‘I have taken the mayor at his word. It still needs to be signed off but he seemed certain it would happen.’’
Ongoing maintenance of the cameras will hopefully be funded through a $50 levy for businesses within range of the cameras.
With about $7000 in the bank, the group still has a fair way to go to reach its $60,000 target.
But Mr Blake is certain they will get there.
‘‘We need to get back out there and start fundraising again.’’
Six static cameras will be joined by a group of mobile cameras that can be moved as needed.
‘‘Wherever you put them there will be winners and losers. The advantage of the mobile ones, though, is that those who might be content on carrying on a life of crime won’t know where they are.’’
On track: Mayor Neil Sinclair, left, Gordon Blake, Pap Orometua Timote Turu and Inspector Stephen Bullock get the CCTV initiative on track.
Family affair: The legacy of Bill Gray lives on through his family who are still in the food industry. Pictured, left, Ivan Gray with his wife Elizabeth, mother Joyce and brother Neil.