City steps up CCTV surveillance

The CCTV network in central Rockingham and the waterfront will be powered by the National Broadband Network, according to Brand MHR Gary Gray, who said the City was one of 15 councils chosen for the national program.

He said the project would ‘significantly change’ the way police attended to incidents, and greatly improve picture quality.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the project would be a deterrent and make responses to incidents more effective.

‘Evidence from other local governments suggests more widespread CCTV monitoring will increase the number of convictions for crimes caught on camera,’ he said.

However, the Liberals’ candidate in Brand, Donna Gordin, has announced a plan which would see $400,000 for permanent CCTV cameras installed across the Rockingham local government area, including Rockingham’s Waterfront Village precinct, Rockingham City Centre, Secret Harbour and Baldivis town sites.

The commitment would also provide $190,000 for the City of Kwinana including the Kwinana Youth Centre/Recquatic Centre area and the Kwinana skate park.

Work on the NBN in the Rockingham area is expected to commence in February 2014.