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Casino's entire CBD to be put under surveillance for safety

STAY SAFE: Walker St, Casino.
STAY SAFE: Walker St, Casino. Doug Eaton

CRIMINALS creeping around the Casino CBD are being put on notice - CCTV cameras could be watching your every move by Christmas.

Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker said receiving formal notification of funding from the federal government meant the long-awaited project was all systems go.

"Late last week we received notification from the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan that the government had awarded the grant of $466,000 for the CCTV project," he said.

The federal government grant was first promised by Page MP Kevin Hogan during his 2013 election campaign.

Once completed, the Casino CCTV project will be one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the nation.

Comprising of at least 47 cameras covering the CBD, Mr Walker said police will be able to access live feeds from the cameras.

"The modern cameras are very advanced even compared to a year ago so we initially thought 55 cameras, but 47 will actually give us much greater coverage than first planned."

"The new cameras capture footage in high definition, cover 360 degrees and have much greater distance penetration than older cameras, so effectively we can put the whole Casino CBD under camera."

"The cameras will cover all of the CBD, so Walker St, Barker St, Canterbury St, Centre St and Hickey St and all of the laneways and cross streets in that area

With CCTV cameras and 24 hour policing combined, Mr Walker said Casino should see a reduction in crime.

Mr Walker said council will call for tenders after being told the funding agreement would be signed in late August.

"Now we have that information council will move to call for expressions of interest in the next couple of weeks to deliver the project."

"The project is already designed and planned.

"Tenders will open toward the end of August."

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