CBD camera agreement not reached

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE possibility of cameras being used to scan the CBD area is still being investigated by Gladstone City Council and Gladstone Police.

However an agreement has not been reached on who would monitor the cameras.

Gladstone City Council environment and organisational development director Brent McAlister said the council wanted the cameras continually monitored by police.

"It's for safety and also for things that could be reacted to such as if there was a fight, or some kind of vandalism,'' Mr McAlister said.

However, it seems unlikely that Gladstone Police will be the ones to monitor the cameras, at least on a continual basis.

"It can't happen, we can't have someone from the police station sitting there watching them all the time,'' Police Senior Sergeant Leigh Burt said.

Senior Sergeant Burt said details such as the cost of the cameras, who they would be monitored by and who would maintain them were still being discussed with the council.

The council decided to investigate the use of surveillance cameras in August to fit in with the redevelopment of the CBD area.

The decision came despite findings from a consultant that cameras were not necessary.

The two possible camera locations are the new library square and the entertainment centre car park.



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