EIGHT sites have been selected as recommended locations for closed-circuit television cameras in central Warrnambool as part of a $200,000 project to reduce crime and improve security.
Warrnambool City Council officers have been given a list of eight preferred sites and a preliminary budget by an advisory committee led by consultant Paul Dingemans.
He told The Standard yesterday the next step was for councillors to consider recommendations and give the OK for tenders to be called for the equipment and installation.
“We are still aiming to have them operational by Christmas,” he said.
“There’s a lot of procedure and protocol to be followed.
“You can’t throw some cameras up anywhere.
“It’s not just watching for the sake of watching.”
Eight high-resolution cameras will be installed at key locations around the main block of Liebig, Koroit, Kepler and Timor streets, but not on privately-owned buildings.
They will be linked to a monitor in the police station where officers will be able to direct the angle and zoom of cameras.
It follows years of lobbying by the community and police for cameras to help control crime, particularly street assaults.
The state government gave $168,000 and the council $25,000 for installation and $40,000 for maintenance.