Federal government to fund security cameras at Weinam Creek for Redland City Council

THE federal government is to fund 15 security cameras at the Weinam Creek car park through a $49,000 grant to Redland City Council, says Bowman MP Andrew Laming.

Residents have been calling for CCTV near the ferry terminal for years to improve safety and security for vehicles.

In just one incident in June, vandals pushed a car onto its side and smashed windows of at least nine others in the ferry terminal car park.

Mr Laming said the $49,000 from the Safer Communities program would improve safety and reduce crime and bad behaviour in the Weinam Creek precinct.

"The installation of these cameras will increase safety and police response times by direct access to camera feeds," he said.

"...The best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

"I believe these cameras will be effective deterrents and I will continue to assist local councils and organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour."

Mayor Karen Williams said Safer Communities Fund grants for CCTV at the Weinam Creek and Capalaba Place precincts would be wonderful and she was grateful to the federal government for funding.

"Council is also working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Transport and Main Roads on a memorandum of understanding that will help enhance community safety in these areas," Cr Williams said.

In 2016, the federal government gave $10,000 for eight cameras for Southern Moreton Bay Island ferry terminals.

The cameras remain uninstalled after a debacle over who would pay for their installation.

Mr Laming said he was also working on a solution to install those cameras.

"I … expect the necessary works to commence shortly," he said.

VANDALISM: In June a car was pushed onto its side in the Weinam Creek car park at Redland Bay.

VANDALISM: In June a car was pushed onto its side in the Weinam Creek car park at Redland Bay.

In June Mr Laming challenged Redlands MP Kim Richards to pay half the cost of security cameras at Weinam Creek while he funded the rest.

She did not say she would meet Mr Laming's offer but called on council to fund CCTV for hot spots in the Redlands during its budget that month.

The state government installed 17 cameras during an $8.15 million upgrade of the marina bus station in 2017 but said any in the car park would be up to council.

An amendment to council's security camera policy - approved in July - is on the agenda for Wednesday.

Cr Wendy Boglary called for the policy to refer to CCTV being used to address anti-social behaviour. She asked for the inclusion during the debate in July but it was not supported by a majority of councillors.

The policy says that security cameras will not be prioritised by council to address anti-social behaviour or traffic offences.

In a report in the council agenda for Wednesday's meeting, an officer recommends including a definition of anti-social behaviour and other minor changes in the policy.

Cr Mark Edwards has pushed for CCTV at Weinam Creek for years but said in the past there had not been support from the majority of councillors.