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Making Airlie Beach a safe precinct is the aim of Whitsunday Regional Council who will install 84 CCTV cameras in and around Airlie Beach Lagoon and Main Street in a funding partnership with the Federal Government.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said in the co-funding agreement the Federal Government will contribute $725,669 and Council $54,500 towards the $780,169 Safer Streets Program project.
“The 84 closed circuit cameras will be installed early next year and be located in Main Street and the lagoon area and will be owned and monitored by council,” Cr Willcox said.
“However there will be a transmission link to the Airlie Beach Police Station at Cannonvale and police can request permission for footage at any time,” he said.
“As the funding agreement is fixed term for the construction and establishment of the CCTV the ongoing funding of $75,000 to maintain and operate the equipment rests with Council.
“However, through effective procurement strategies, officers intend to negotiate a favourable outcome that reduces the burden on Council to funding the ongoing costs.”
By October 2017 Council expects the project to demonstrate a measured reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour and crime in the target areas.