Byron eyes CCTV to cut crime

A heavy police presence helped to improve behaviour last year.
A heavy police presence helped to improve behaviour last year. Jay Cronan

A CRIME report on Byron Bay has reinforced the need for a CCTV system in the CBD, with the town's rate of drunken assaults well above the state average.

But cameras may be a while off yet with no funding currently available to Byron Shire Council.

Last November, The Northern Star reported on Tweed Byron Local Area Command (LAC) police and Byron Shire Council working to tackle alcohol-related assaults in the Byron CBD.

Police put forward CCTV as a solution.

Last month, council released their draft Safer Community Compact strategy for 2012-2016.

It showed that Byron Shire ranked 11th in NSW for non-domestic related assaults in 2010.

Forty-seven per cent of assaults happened in a public place, with males between 20 and 29 years old making up 34% of the victims.

The strategy included findings that most of the alcohol-related assaults occurred in the early hours of weekend mornings around the taxi rank and licensed premises.

In an action plan outlined in the safer community compact, estab- lishing a CCTV system was a target.

While funding is not available now, Byron council's manager of sustainable communities Greg Ironfield said council would apply for funding once the draft stra-tegy was approved.

"If approved by council, the draft plan will go out on public exhibition for community comment," he said.

"When all community submissions are reviewed and the plan finalised, it will be reported to council.

"If council then decides to proceed with the Safer Community Compact it will be sent to the Attorney-General's office.

"Following approval, council can then start to apply for funding."

Council have pinpointed 12 possible locations for cameras, including the Transit Centre, which has been highlighted as a theft hot spot.

At the moment, 17 businesses in Byron have registered CCTV systems but only one has an external camera.

Topics:  assault byron shire council cctv community crime police

STORM IS COMING: The entire Northern Rivers will be impacted

Stormy weather is coming this way.

Northern Rivers is in for some interesting weather today

Coraki clinic closes and moves the doctor to Casino

No doctor for Coraki again.

Coraki has a hard time keeping a doctor

Ten things to do this week

A photo from the 2015 Pink Halloween event, hosted by Lismore charity Jodie's Inspiration.

Halloween, shows, music, art and more

Local Partners

Car chases and ducks, all in a day's work at cafe

ANYONE who has travelled the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane would know of the Parkside Cafe at Woodburn.

Stunning orchids on show in Lismore tomorrow morning

ONE of the magical orchids in show at Lismore Central at this year's Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show.

Nature's most exotic works of art on show

Ten things to do this week

A photo from the 2015 Pink Halloween event, hosted by Lismore charity Jodie's Inspiration.

Halloween, shows, music, art and more

Exterminate! Exterminate! The Daleks are coming

BCC Lismore will be screening a limited-run theatrical special presentation event of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks animated series from Saturday, November 12.

A much celebrated Doctor Who story is coming to Lismore and ByronBay

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!