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Whitsunday Regional Council will be advertising a tender today for the installation of new CCTV cameras in the Airlie Beach main street and Lagoon areas, partnering with the Australian Government under the Safer Streets Program.
With support from the Airlie Beach Police Station and Safe Night Airlie Beach community group, the project aims to make Airlie Beach a safer precinct for all residents and visitors.
Under the funding partnership agreement, the Australian Government will contribute $725,669 and Council will contribute $54,000 in-kind towards the construction and establishment of the cameras.
Acting Senior Sergeant Barry Haran, from the Whitsunday Police Station, said the program would be hugely beneficial for the community.
“The Whitsunday Police are looking forward to the implementation of this project and the obvious benefits it will provide our department in our endeavours to protect and serve the community of the Whitsundays,” he said.
“This will be a fantastic addition and can only enhance the effectiveness of the Safe Night Precinct.”
Council, working with Whitsunday Police and Safe Night Airlie Beach, expects to demonstrate a measured reduction in anti-social and criminal behaviour in the main street and Lagoon areas by October 2017.
Safe Night Airlie Beach CBD Precinct president, Stacy Harvey, said the group was very supportive of the program.
“Having CCTV cameras monitoring the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct will assist in achieving our associations objectives, including minimising the risk of alcohol and drug related harm and associated violence within the precinct," she said.
Installing closed circuit cameras has proven successful in deterring anti-social behaviour and crime in other areas.
The tender for installation of the cameras will close 6 January 2017. Further information on the tender process can be found at Council’s website www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au