Knox Park not in plan to install CCTV network
TWEED Shire Council’s general manager Mike Rayner has declared crime prevention is not a council matter. But he said shire staff members are prepared to work with local politicians on issues such as closed-circuit television cameras. Mr Rayner’s comments follow a law-and-order forum in Murwillumbah earlier this week where residents called for a CCTV camera in the town’s central Knox Park. State MP Thomas George, who organised the forum, subsequently promised to take the issue up with the council in the hope a camera can be installed in the next few months, when the local business chamber installs a camera network in the CBD. But Mr Rayner yesterday revealed the camera may not be considered for months – after council’s own Community Safety Action Plan is given the%final okay by the NSW government. “Council is in the process of preparing a Tweed Shire Community Safety Action Plan which is due next month,” he said. “Council will review its position on resources and infrastructure devoted to crime prevention after the plan has been adopted by the Attorney-General’s Department. “Any consideration of placing cameras in Knox Park would be%reviewed at that time. “Principally, crime prevention is not a council matter, but we’re happy to work with the local member to move any proposal forward.” Mr George said the CCTV system, for which the Murwillumbah Business Chamber had secured funding in the CBD, would be a big help once it was installed, but a camera should also go into Knox Park. “It is clear that much of the trouble starts in Knox Park and that is why I want to work with the business chamber and council to see if we can extend the new CCTV system to include the park,” he said. Mr George said participants at the forum had also come up with useful ideas to combat one of the root causes of local crime: youth boredom. He renewed his call for people to report incidents such as vandalism and the burning of rubbish bins to police, either by phoning local police or the police assistance line on 13144. He said callers to the assistance line should insist on being given an incident report number.