State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has slammed the Sunshine Coast Mayor after the Caloundra community was dealt a devastating blow in a ten-year-long fight for CCTV in the city.
It comes as Cr Jamieson yesterday delayed making a final decision to support the new CCTV plan until May, despite the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce securing a $140,000 Federal Government grant to cover the cost of installation.
“For ten years I have fought alongside this community to have CCTV installed on Bulcock Street and when the Federal grant was announced in May of last year we believed we had finally won,” Mr McArdle said.
“Yet again Caloundra takes two steps forward; Council makes Caloundra take a step back.
“CCTV is a no brainer. It may not stop a crime from occurring but it plays an important role in catching criminals.
“The Mayor has asked ‘If we pull the trigger today, do we have lots more communities saying we should have it as well’. What an insult to the entire Sunshine Coast community for Cr Jamieson to suggest that their concern for safety might be an inconvenience.
“It would seem the Mayor is simply buying time before shutting down the plan completely.
“What more has to happen before Council wakes up and makes public safety a top priority?”
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