Richmond Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser.
Richmond Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser. John Gass

Coalition promises $200,000 for CCTV cameras at Byron Bay

SECURITY will be boosted in the Byron Bay CBD with the announcement by Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser of $200,000 for CCTV cameras if he is elected on Saturday.

Mr Fraser said CCTV cameras would be installed in "hot spot" areas, primarily along Jonson St.

He said the $200,000 in funding from the Coalition's $50 million Safer Communities Program would help make the streets of Byron Bay safer.

"For a long time now the business groups, community groups and the residents have been pushing for CCTV in Byron Bay," he said.

"The strategically placed cameras will act both as a deterrent and record illegal activity to assist the police in putting offenders before the courts."

Mr Fraser said the cameras won't be continually monitored, but would record activity that could be accessed at a later date.

He said similar CCTV programs at Murwil- lumbah and Kingscliff had resulted in a reduction of crime on the streets.

NSW Nationals senator John Williams joined Mr Fraser at Byron Bay on Saturday for the announcement.

Byron United president Paul Waters said CCTV cameras would help curb alcohol- fuelled violence in Byron.

"It is really good news for Byron Bay because it is a positive step towards our multi-pronged plan to make the streets safer," he said.

"That includes CCTV, more visible and engaged police patrols, better lighting and better design concepts including an integrated transport hub."

Mr Waters said he would be meeting with council and members of the community this week to discuss the plan.

Byron Shire councillor Chris Cubis welcomed the announcement, but acknowledged political differences among councillors about CCTV.

"Council's current resolution is we would support CCTV in Byron Bay if we had the money," he said.

"We have just got to get over the political indifference thing and get on with it."

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