Stage two of Toowoomba’s City Safe Program is well underway with Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) upgrading its network of cameras.
In the 2017/18 financial year, TRC Community Development Facilities Chair Cr Geoff McDonald said Council had already upgraded about 80 per cent of the cameras from analogue to digital.
“Upgrading and improving our system is a continual focus for Council as we continue on our path towards making Toowoomba one of the safest regions in Australia,” he said.
“The City Safe Program is a partnership arrangement between the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Council and is one of the longest running CCTV programs in Queensland after the first camera became operational in January 1995.
“The footage has been not only helpful in assisting the QPS with crime matters but was vital during the 2011 flood event as it provided real-time footage of what was happening around the city.
“The footage captured has proven to be incredibly helpful and we are now converting all our cameras to digital so we are able to gain a much clearer and more focused image.
“We also work closely with licensed venues, having acted upon more than 400 incidents that have taken place over the past three months to help improve safety of the CBD.
“Earlier this year we gained international accreditation as an Australian Safe Community and upgrading our network to become fully digital is another step on that journey.”
In total, there are 87 cameras as part of the City Safe Program. Stage two, which is due for completion in the 2018/19 financial year, will see the remainder of the analogue cameras replaced with digital equipment.
Stage two will also see the network expanded further, with cameras proposed for the City Golf Club Cycle Walk Way, Laurel Bank Park and Clewley Park Walkway. Council is also looking at introducing the network into regional towns such as Oakey.
For more information, visit http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/ or call 131 872.