State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today celebrated the completion of Caloundra’s long-awaited CCTV network along with the projects’ major stakeholders including the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace and the Caloundra Police Station.
While the group applauded the important milestone of 23 imaging devices becoming operational throughout Caloundra, Mr McArdle said it is not without reflection of exactly how long it took to get here.
“Today is an important day for safety in our community but the fight for this CCTV network is one that has lasted for more than a decade,” Mr McArdle said.
“In particular I want to commend the Chamber for digging their heels in and seeing the fight for CCTV through to this point.
“With Mr Wallace’s 2017 announcement of $140,000 of Federal funding for the project we all thought we finally had a win, but many more obstacles lay ahead.
“Despite those obstacles Chamber never lost sight of the end goal of a safer Caloundra.
“I have said in the past, CCTV may not stop a crime from occurring but it plays an important role in catching criminals.
“This new comprehensive network will support our local law enforcement by giving them more eyes on the ground. Just maybe the cameras will make someone think twice about committing a crime in the first place.
“All and all an excellent effort by everyone involved. May we all feel a little safer today thanks to that effort.”
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