Major boost to City safety cameras

Published on 09 June 2021

The ocean behind Surfers Paradise

The 2021-22 City Budget will tackle safety across the coast with $3 million to be invested in the latest CCTV technology.

“Safety is a key priority for residents. I hear it every year through the community budget survey. We are again responding with this significant investment in new technology. The investment is in new mobile CCTV prototypes, using the latest technology, to better capture and deter antisocial behaviour in our suburbs.

“The benefit is that the imagery will be of the highest standard, to support our hard-working police. Presenting evidence from our cameras, through the courts, has helped successfully prosecute hundreds of offenders.’’

Mayor Tate said the funds would be spent on smart software to support our 700 cameras and provide faster searching and review functions. The funds will also assist in purchasing new high-quality CCTV cameras for key entertainment precincts.

A least 20 additional cameras will be installed in Surfers Paradise alone by the end of this year.

The City’s $1.8 billion budget will be delivered on June 23 with all councillors working to keep any rate increases at, or below, CPI.

“Since 2012, we have delivered a low-rates budget agenda and we plan to keep it that way despite the challenges of Covid-19. Last financial year, we delivered a rates freeze as well as an actual rebate of $64 to around 138,000 ratepayers, to assist through the Covid challenges.’’

The City spends more than $5 million annually on safety initiatives across the coast.

• These include managing and maintaining our 700-camera network 24/7;

• Spending around $750,000 cleaning up graffiti;

• Spending $500,000 annually to better light up our parks; and

• Around $250,000 to prioritise safety design improvements across the city’s public spaces.

 

• *Full Council is yet to vote on the 2021-22 Budget.