Federal MP questions Council’s commitment to CCTV and calls for summit
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace has questioned the Sunshine Coast Council’s commitment to the delivery of CCTV in Caloundra following yesterday’s highly qualified motion in support of the project. The Caloundra Chamber of Commerce’s proposal for CCTV in Bulcock St is due to be delivered under a Federal Government grant of $140,000.
“I welcome the Council’s resolution approving the proposal for CCTV in Caloundra. However, the extensive conditions attached to that approval call into question whether these cameras will ever be delivered. I am concerned that these conditions demonstrate a serious lack of commitment on the part of the Mayor and Council to delivering a safer Bulcock St for local residents. Mayor Jamieson is forever saying, despite the abundant evidence over the past two years to the contrary, that the Federal Government does not do enough to support the Sunshine Coast. Yet when we succeed in delivering funding for our region, the Mayor seems reluctant to take advantage of it.” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace further questioned whether CCTV was planned for the SunCentral Maroochydore CBD development.
“I would like to know whether Council intends to install CCTV cameras in the SunCentral Maroochydore CBD. If they do, how many cameras will be installed, and will similar onerous conditions be placed on local volunteer organisations there? Why should Caloundra’s rate payers and local businesses be asked to contribute toward CCTV for Maroochydore, if they are denied access to Federal funding to pay for the same protection on their own streets?” he asked.
Mr Wallace called on the Mayor and Council’s officers to meet with him and with representatives of Caloundra Chamber of Commerce to agree a way forward for CCTV in Caloundra as soon as possible, with no strings attached.
“If the Council do not do the right thing by the people of Caloundra, and allow this project to go ahead, it will not only deny local Police an important tool to protect the community from crime and identify criminals, but it will reflect very poorly on the Sunshine Coast at large, and will make it all the more difficult for us to secure the Commonwealth funding we need in the future. I call on the Mayor and his officials to meet with me and the Caloundra Chamber as soon as possible to get this project underway.” he said.
The Federal Government’s grant of $140,000 was delivered under the Safer Communities Fund.