GOSFORD City Council has gone to tender to upgrade its Gosford Safer Streets Program CCTV system, which is part of a total spend of $A680,000 for CCTV on the Central Coast. 

The tender, which closes July 28, seeks supply, installation and maintenance of fixed and mobile video surveillance systems and lighting in the Gosford CBD. The system will be installed and operated in a way designed to reinvigorate local shopping strips and precincts that have been compromised by anti-social and unlawful behaviour. 

Funding for the upgrade was provided by the Coalition’s Safer Streets Programme, which employs proceeds of crime to fund local crime prevention projects. At Gosford CBD this will include $A240,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Gosford CBD, which includes Baker St car park, Baker Lane, Donnison St and Manns Rd. 

A further $200,000 will be spent on closed circuit television cameras for the Peninsula (Woy Woy, Umina, Ettalong Beach); $60,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Kariong Underpass and skate park; $60,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Mitchell/Langford Dr Shops; $60,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Arunta St Shops; and $60,000 for closed circuit television cameras for Kincumber Underpass.

“Any expansion of our CCTV network is welcomed as there is a clear link to increasing community safety,” said Gosford Council’s CEO Paul Anderson when the funding was announced. “This major funding for additional CCTV cameras will make sure residents, business owners and tourists feel safer when they’re out and about on the streets of Gosford, Kincumber, Kariong, or the Peninsula.”

According to Brisbane Water Local Area Command Superintendent Daniel Sullivan, the community of the Central Coast is enjoying the lowest crime rate in 20 years. 

“This is due to a number of factors including crime prevention though the use of CCTV,” Sullivan said.♦