Kingston Council applies for more CCTV funding

1 August 2013

Kingston Council will seek State Government funding for more CCTV cameras in up to five sites designated by police as potential trouble spots.

A Special Meeting was held by Councillors on July 29 to allow a decision to be made before the Government’s August 2 deadline for funding applications.

Councillors voted to seek $225,000 for up to 17 CCTVS to be placed in:

• Mordialloc

• Cheltenham

• Carrum

• Chelsea.

These were the priority sites recommended by local police as good locations for CCTVs, based on factors including need and the technical difficulty of installing the recording devices.

The decision follows Council accepting $125,000 last month for CCTVs to be installed at the foreshore car park off Gnotuck Avenue, Aspendale, the bus interchange off Station Street, Moorabbin and the exterior of an affordable housing complex on the Nepean Highway in Moorabbin.

This left $225,000 available from the total pool of $350,000 the Government had offered for CCTV installation applications from Kingston Council.

As with the Government’s previous offer, Council will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the CCTVs. If the estimated cost of $225,000 is exceeded after more detailed examination of the sites, the locations ranked as the highest priority by police will be implemented.

Kingston Mayor Cr Ron Brownlees OAM said CCTVs fitted within Council’s Community Safety Strategy.

“While CCTVs are not a guaranteed anti-crime measure, we have applied for more as our community overwhelmingly supports their installation and the cameras will act as an additional crime prevention tool for police,” Cr Brownlees said.

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