Security cameras to be installed at Wellington Point

THUMB'S UP: Redlands MP Kim Richards, Cr Wendy Boglary and Capalaba MP Don Brown celebrate a grant awarded to Redland City Council for security cameras at Wellington Point.
THUMB'S UP: Redlands MP Kim Richards, Cr Wendy Boglary and Capalaba MP Don Brown celebrate a grant awarded to Redland City Council for security cameras at Wellington Point.

SECURITY cameras will be installed at the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve after council received a grant from the state government.

Capalaba MP Don Brown said that with hooning being a problem at Wellington Point, cameras would be a win for residents.

"Providing CCTV will have an immediate positive impact on the liveability of Wellington Point, its magnificent waterfront and parklands," Mr Brown said.

The $260,000 grant for cameras and improvements to council's asset management strategy is from the Queensland's government's $58.5 million Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Cr Wendy Boglary said she and the community had been lobbying for security cameras at Wellington Point for years.

"We understand cameras are just one tool along with police that can help address anti-social behaviour," Cr Boglary said.

"It is now important that the cameras are strategically placed and their impacts monitored."

Mayor Karen Williams said council would work with the state government regarding the capture and monitoring of footage before installing the cameras.

"We know security cameras are just one part of community safety and they certainly shouldn't be seen as the silver bullet in regards to creating a safe and connected city," Cr Williams said.

"Council works closely with police who do a great job within the community and should always be the first point of call if residents notice anything or feel unsafe."

Mr Brown said Cr Boglary had pushed hard for cameras at Wellington Point.

"In doing so, Cr Boglary had to fight to change the entire Redland City Council CCTV policy," he said.

Cr Williams said council was working with the state Transport Department on an agreement relating to security cameras at Weinam Creek after receiving a federal government grant.

She said council would also keeping pushing for funding for other priority areas.

"We know areas such as Victoria Point and Toondah Harbour are a priority for our residents and they continue to be a priority for us so I hope the state and federal government will support us in our future applications around these areas," she said.

Cr Williams said that while public safety was the responsibility of the state government, council's security camera policy provided the opportunity for partnerships with all levels of government to improve community safety.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the asset management strategy improvements would help council to more sustainably manage its assets.

"The Transforming Asset Management through Strategic Spatial Intelligence Project will provide Redland City Council with improved planning, decision making, resource allocation and transparency for community engagement," Ms Richards said.

The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program provides money to local governments to deliver priority infrastructure and essential services.

Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

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