What a great idea the Gold Coast City Council has just released.
New safety cameras and additional lighting at skate parks across the city will improve public safety and deter anti-social behaviour.
Cameras at eight skate parks will be linked to the wider Gold Coast safety camera network and monitored from a central control room.
The $438,000 project includes a 40 per cent funding contribution by the State Government.
Mayor Tom Tate said safety cameras already installed at five skate parks are proving effective.
“A skateboarder was recently injured at one of our parks and our camera monitoring staff quickly called an ambulance to assist,” said Cr Tate.
“Our skate parks are very popular, particularly with young people, so these spaces need to be safe for them and the rest of our community.
“The cameras have successfully deterred anti-social behaviour and vandalism in other parts of our city and we’re hoping they’ll have the same effect in our skate parks.”
In another boost for safer suburbs, Cr Tate announced an increased commitment towards the safety camera network in the coming budget.
“We’re committing more than $2 million towards safety in the coming budget. That’s a 10 per cent increase on last year’s budget,” Cr Tate said.
Cameras have been installed at skate parks at Helensvale, Miami, Elanora, Runaway Bay and Upper Coomera. The City is installing more cameras than initially anticipated after achieving cost savings in the current budget.
Three cameras at parks in Nerang, Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes have been added to the rollout with installation expected in coming weeks.
“The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations, as well as being a great place to live. It is critical that the city’s public spaces are safe for residents and for the vitality of the region’s tourism industry,” Ms Jackie Trad MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, said.
“I am pleased the State Government has contributed more than $175,000 to help Council make its popular skate parks safer through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program so residents can feel safe and live in a vibrant and connected community.”
There are 242 safety cameras monitored across the city’s major entertainment precincts including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta.