Byron United pushes for CCTV

BYRON United, the Byron Bay business group is calling for Byron Shire Council to set up an independent taskforce to assess the feasibility of CCTV on the streets of Byron Bay.

Byron United will meet with council on Monday to discuss the possibility of commissioning an impartial group to look at installing CCTV as a means to combat alcohol-fuelled violence in the town.

Byron United president Paul Waters said the group will speak with council about sourcing data and providing information to the community about CCTV.

He said the group believed the most effective strategy to combat Byron Bay's alcohol-related crime was well-lit pub- lic spaces, CCTV coverage of trouble spots such as car parks, transport hubs and main streets in the CBD and a "more visible and engaged police presence on our streets" during peak times on Friday and Saturday evenings.

"We've already proposed installing CCTV to council and they've agreed to talk about creating a taskforce so we can get all the information on the table and out to the community," Mr Waters said.

"We want to set up a group to dispel some of the myths about CCTV because we care about getting CCTV to fix the problems on our streets."

Mr Waters said the second step after a taskforce is estab- lished would involve the group applying for Federal and State government grants to fund the infrastructure project.

This move from Byron United comes in the wake of community group Last Drinks at 12's public meeting where they proposed shutting down the supply of alcohol after midnight to cut alcohol-related crimes in Byron Bay.



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