Nowra CBD to get CCTV upgrade

UPGRADE: The Nowra CBD will get a new CCTV security system.
UPGRADE: The Nowra CBD will get a new CCTV security system.

THERE will be some changes to Junction Street in the Nowra CBD next week as work starts on replacing the CCTV infrastructure.

Contractors will be starting work to replace the CCTV infrastructure on Tuesday (August 14).

The work is expected to continued for two weeks until Tuesday, August 28.

In July last year council secured funding for a major system upgrade, voting $300,000 towards the project.

The upgrade will include new cameras, software and hardware and optic fibre links.

The work will include the installation of scaffolding along portions of Junction Street.

Shoalhaven City Council said the scaffolding might be in place for a few hours at a time in front of some business premises.

It is envisages the scaffolding will progressively move as the work is complete.

A council spokesperson said the scaffolding would be placed to ensure minimal impact on pedestrian movement.

Council installed 18 CCTV cameras in the Nowra CBD in 2010 with $150,000 in federal funding.

The cameras record images which are retained on a computer hard drive at council and made available to Nowra Police on request, although the images are streamed live into the local station.

The cameras have had an often chequered history, with complaints about the poor quality, while in 2013 council was ordered to turn them off after the Administrative Decisions Tribunal found in favour of anti CCTV campaigner Adam Bonner.

It led to a private member’s bill by Kiama MP Gareth Ward and support from the then premier Barry O’Farrell to change the legislation.


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