Camera bid for Front St
DOUGLAS Shire Council will apply for funding to install security cameras across Mossman and security lighting in Port Douglas on the back of a petition by fed up businesses over street offending.
Mossman Bakery owner Stacey Pont, who spearheaded the petition, is calling for CCTV cameras on Front St in a bid to act as a deterrent against “reckless and careless” behaviour. Mrs Pont said a recent fire caused by someone who threw a lit cigarette butt into a bin outside the bakery had been the final straw.
“The fire was so intense that fire fighters had to get up on our roof and hose it down due to the risk the heat was creating,” she said in the petition.
“Our bakery and the livelihood of eight residents could have burnt to the ground due to the reckless and careless behaviour that occurs frequently in Front St.”
She visited every shop front on the street and said 55 of the 60 businesses backed the petition, which was signed by 98 people.
Council voted to support the petition at Tuesday’s meeting and will make a submission to the Safer Communities Fund to install CCTV cameras in Front St and security lighting in Port Douglas.
“I think it’s great that the council has listened to what the business community in Mossman has wanted for many years now,” Mrs Pont said. “And applying for the grant … is a step in the right direction.”
Port Douglas Senior Constable Maggie Meadows said increased CCTV footage was a safety measure and a way of monitoring the area.
“Although CCTV may not stop crime it can assist police with solving offences when they do occur,” she said.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said small business owners were sick of random vandalism.
“We have fielded some real concerns from many small businesses,” she said.
“Council believes these cameras could help deter that reckless minority.
“This improved surveillance could also empower police to gather evidence and solve any street crime.”