Dubbo Regional councillor Vicki Etheridge says CCTV cameras are needed in Apollo Estate.
Cr Etheridge has been working with the neighbourhood shops to improve their aesthetic, as well as pushing for a boost to their safety through the installation of security cameras.
Next on the list is CCTV cameras for Apollo Estate.
“On a needs basis, the Apollo Estate probably should come first, then the neighbourhood shops, but that’s something we’ll discuss a the meetings keep going on,” Cr Etheridge said.
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“People are saying ‘it’s Big Brother breathing down our neck all the time’ but if you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t have to worry, it’s only the pains that have to worry.
“The everyday Joe would just walk around and wouldn’t even see the CCTV but the crooks will because they’re looking for it, they don’t want to have their photo taken.”
Action needed to be taken at Apollo Estate, the councillor said.Coucill
“We can’t ignore that place any longer, we’ve done that for too long,” she said.
On Tuesday, the NSW government and Dubbo Regional Council announced they were committing $250,000 apiece to upgrade the security camera network in Dubbo and Wellington.
Once the 11 new cameras are installed in Dubbo and seven are added in Wellington there will be 93 cameras in the region. A further 21 in Dubbo will be replaced.
The locations for the new cameras is still being reviewed.
We can’t ignore that place any longer, we’ve done that for too long.Vicki Etheridge
Cr Etheridge has been pushing for more CCTV cameras in Dubbo for the past 12 months.
“It will mean a lot to a lot of people and we’re sending a very clear message that council takes people’s security, well-being and safety very seriously,” she said.
“If there’s an incident the police can be called straight away, they can contact someone here and they’ll get the CCTV footage straight away. This is also a good thing to support the police too. I think anything we can do to help them catch the bad guys is got to be a good thing.”
Cr Etheridge said when she first starting pushing for the CCTV cameras and beautification of the neighbourhood shopping centres it was a “bit of a road”, but it was great everyone had jumped on board.
The new CCTV cameras are expected to be installed in 2019.