CCTV cameras to be installed in Byron Bay this year

CLOSED circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in the Byron Bay town centre in time for the peak summer holiday season later this year.

Up to 22 cameras will be installed in eight locations from Apex Park at the beachfront, down Jonson Street to Railway Park and the transport hub (ending at Marvel Street), Byron Shire Council have revealed.

The Australian Government grant for the cameras and lighting has been provided to help improve public safety in identified hot spots and address anti-social and unlawful behaviour.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said the program would also build on recent lighting upgrades in Apex and Railway Parks, around the Byron Bay Taxi Rank and in some streets and will include more lights installed on the corner of Bay and Jonson Streets.

"CCTV can help identify the perpetrators of crime and will assist the Police in conducting their duties after a crime has been committed," he said.

In May 2014, Council was invited to apply for the Australian Government's Safer Streets Program for up to $200,000 for CCTV, and was subsequently successful.

Mayor Richardson said the camera locations have been based on crime statistics provided by NSW Police and results of the 2008 and 2013 Community Safety Audits of the Byron Bay town centre.

Tenders for the cameras have been received and an evaluation report will be provided to the Council meeting on 16 July, 2015.

Installation of the cameras and lighting will start in August 2015.

A CCTV Code of Practice has been completed and is available on Council's website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/cctv.


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