CCTV may soon be watching the Coast

BIG brother - as in closed circuit television - could soon be rolled out across the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Council has approved its first official CCTV policy to provide direction for the management of the cameras across public spaces.

However, the policy nearly didn't get approved in yesterday's ordinary meeting with concerns about the operational cost of installing and maintaining the cameras.

The council report showed while the State Government offered $30,000 upfront for a camera, it would come at a cost of $150,000 over five years for ratepayers.

Cr Jason O'Pray said "crime and policing is a state issue".

"It is cost shifting. The State Government is offering $30,000 and saying 'there we go council' but (ratepayers) shouldn't cop the ongoing costs".

Cr Ted Hungerford agreed and said it shouldn't be something ratepayers had to fund in the long term. Cr Jenny McKay said CCTV wouldn't "save a soul" and couldn't compare with the value of police on the job.

Cr Tim Dwyer said he would support CCTV as the Coast needed an "integrated approach".


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