A STEERING committee is expected to be appointed soon to oversee preparation and installation of eight closed-circuit security television cameras in central Warrnambool.
They are likely to be installed in the second half of next year.
Mayor Michael Neoh said yesterday the committee would look at terms of reference for goals, set-up and operation of the devices, which would be positioned in key spots to help prevent and solve crime.
“We need to talk to all stakeholders and get the best positions for installation,” Cr Neoh said.
“I would hope we can have them purchased by June.
“A key factor for me in deciding to install CCTV cameras was that police would be partners in the project and passively monitor the screens.
“That’s better than just recording footage to be locked away in a council building.”
The state government last year funded $168,000 for eight cameras and associated equipment, while the council has allocated $25,000 for purchase and installation, plus $40,000 a year for maintenance.
“We’d certainly welcome more money,” Cr Neoh said.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said he would raise the issue in Canberra next month to see if there was money for Warrnambool following a $100,000 allocation to Maryborough.
“I lobbied for both cities and we were successful in Maryborough.”