Gold Coast To Be Australia’s Most Watched City
More than 200 CCTV cameras will be installed amid calls for more lighting in parks and public areas.
The Gold Coast will soon become Australia’s most watched city.
The Queensland government has gifted the local council more than 200 CCTV cameras, nearly doubling the existing network overnight.
It comes after the council moved to increase lighting and security in parks and walkways in popular suburbs.
The advanced cameras, used to monitor crowds during the Commonwealth Games in April, are capable of tracking multiple offenders and operating in low light conditions.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told TEN Eyewitness News he wants his city to be the most surveilled in the nation.
“Our network has grown from 16 cameras in Surfers Paradise in 1999 to one which is now the envy of most Australian cities,’’ he said.
The addition means there will be 530 cameras operating year round throughout the city.
“Importantly, the new devices complement our existing cameras and systems, providing the latest in high definition, high performance lenses and an ability to operate in poor light,” he said.
Some cameras will remain in place, while others can be redeployed following advice from Queensland Police.