CCTV cameras to be placed in Byron Bay public areas
BIG brother has come to Byron Bay with the installation of up to 28 cameras to be operational in time for the peak summer holiday season.
Locations include Apex Park at the beachfront, down Jonson Street to Railway Park and the transport hub (ending at Marvel Street).
Byron Shire Council have advised installation will start this week with minor disruptions to pedestrians and car parking as workmen move along the street installing cabling.
Minimal disruptions, of one or two days, may be expected in some locations. Safety barrier and signage will be in place.
Reasons for CCTV cameras
Council's director of corporate management and community services, Mark Arnold said the Australian government funding for the cameras and lighting was provided to help improve public safety in identified hot spots and address anti-social and unlawful behaviour.
The program builds on recent lighting upgrades in Apex and Railway Parks, around the Byron Bay Taxi rank and includes additional lighting on the corner of Bay and Jonson Streets.
Mr Arnold 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.
The supply and installation tender for the project, along with the first three years maintenance, was awarded to Telstra SNP Monitoring Pty Ltd.