Security cameras on the cards for Tweed

By PETER CATON

TALKS are to be held between the Tweed's new top police officer and council officials over installing closed circuit television cameras in public areas to reduce crime and vandalism.

Murwillumbah's main streets and the Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads are two areas where the cameras may be put to try and prevent crime.

According to Tweed Shire Council's acting general manager Mike Rayner, the subject has already been raised during an initial meeting with newly-appointed Tweed Byron police commander, Superintendent Michael Kenny, and is likely to be followed up in detail at a further meeting.

Supt Kenny has said he would like to see more CCTVs and would be pushing for more of them to be installed in public areas.

The council's acting general manager Mike Rayner said he had spoken briefly with Supt Kenny about CCTVs "in places like Jack Evans Boat Harbour".

Mr Rayner said the council planned to spend about $10 million on the boat harbour precinct.

As the "asset value will be significant" and many people would visit the area he said the cameras were worth considering.

Mr Rayner said the council might also be open to the possibility of the cameras in places such as Murwillumbah's main street.

"Crime prevention is always an issue. We are always happy to talk about those issues," he said.



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