Noosa’s cameras eye off revellers

LAWBREAKERS and troublemakers in Noosa’s iconic Hastings St have no place to hide after the successful activation of stage two of a $140,000 CCTV surveillance system in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Following on from the successful switching on of five, state-of-the-art Indigo Vision cameras just before last Christmas, another six are in place and ready to roll for stage two of an anti-crime initiative that has already impressed local police officers who once dubbed the late night trouble spot from the northern end to the taxi rank "the walk of shame".

Sunshine Coast council has worked in partnership with the Hasting Street Association, police and local licensed venues that are part of the CALM liquor accord, to help deter any late night lawlessness.

"What this means is that with this system police can track someone doing something wrong right from Noosa Woods up to the Hasting St roundabout," said council spokesman Mike Lollback.

There are also cameras in place up to First Point that can be controlled from the Hastings St Police Beat and he said stage two was designed to overcome any blind spots.

Sen Const Nic Van Der Maat of the police beat said the cameras have proven their worth in a range of incidents in the past 12 months.

"They certainly have acted as a general deterrent to crime which is what they’re designed to do," Sen Const Ban Der Maat said.

The cameras would monitor and respond quickly to events and be a valuable source of evidence when investigating incidents in Hastings St.

"It has proven popular with officers calling on recorded footage to help solve crimes and has been used in court evidence," Sen Const Van Der Maat said.

Councillor Russell Green said the system would be under the control of Queensland Police in a partnership agreement with council.

He said the completion of stage two meant Hastings St would remain "one of the safest holiday destinations that people can choose."


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