Police will have access to surveillance cameras to lookout for anti-social behaviour in the Mooloolaba entertainment precinct in time for New Year’s Eve festivities.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council will oversee the final installation of closed-circuit television cameras in strategic places along Mooloolaba Esplanade and surrounding areas over the next few days.
The cameras will provide a live feed and 24-hour recordings linked to a control room based at the Mooloolaba Police Beat.
Councillor Chris Thompson said the new CCTV cameras came as part of the council's ongoing partnership with Queensland Police and the community to develop safety and security initiatives for the Mooloolaba area.
He said the council and state government had invested $195,000 in the CCTV project which would provide a visual record of “any anti-social behaviour that takes place in the area”.
“It means that locals and visitors can enjoy everything Mooloolaba has to offer without fear of crime or worrying about their safety,” Mr Thompson said.
“It’s especially important that we were able to have them installed in time for New Year’s Eve.
“The CCTV will complement the other safety initiatives in the area including the newly established CALM Mooloolaba Liquor Accord, secure cab rank, Street Angels Safety Services and lighting and streetscape improvements”.
Sunshine Coast superintendent Ben Hanbidge said the cameras would become “excellent tools” to respond to incidents quickly and investigate serious assaults.
“This is an excellent initiative which sets a really good example of working in partnership with local government,” he said.
“This CCTV network really gives us numerous additional sets of eyes throughout the Mooloolaba precinct.
“All of the cameras can be monitored at Mooloolaba Police Beat.
"On New Year’s Eve, or any major events at Mooloolaba, we will have police monitoring those cameras in real time.
“They’ll be able to identify any early signs of trouble and can advise beat crews who are then able to respond quickly.
“As an added benefit, we also have the ability to communicate warnings on the taxi rank.
"So if anyone is getting assaulted, we can try to prevent that from continuing by using the audible capabilities to let them know police are on their way.
“We will also have a visual record of incidents which will be very beneficial to our investigations and subsequent court hearings.”