User:Uowajp/Nowra, New South Wales CCTV cameras reactivated

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Shops in Nowra, New South Wales
Image: Grahamec.

Friday of last week, CCTV cameras were re-activated in Junction Court, Junction Street, and Kinghorn Street in Nowra, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal had previously directed the CCTV had to be turned off, on the grounds that it breached the NSW Privacy Act.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said "The NSW government is now drafting a regulation to provide appropriate exemptions under privacy laws to allow local councils to continue using CCTV." O'Farrell went on explain why the cameras are so important to local councils, "CCTV is a vital tool in the fight against crime and we are determined to ensure it remains so.Footage from these cameras has proven invaluable in assisting police – whether in tracking down the Boston bombers, or the persons responsible for the brutal rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher or death of Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross."

Member for Gilmore and Shoalhaven City Mayor Joanna Gash has welcomed the re-activation of the CCTV cameras, thanking the NSW Coalition Government for closing in on the loophole in the privacy act. Though one community member was not so welcoming of the CCTV cameras.

A NSW Health administration officer and local resident, Catherine Saunders, told Wikinews there was no need for the cameras. "I have not heard of many break-ins in the areas where the cameras are installed, and I work in the centre of Nowra. There is no guarantee that the presence of the CCTV cameras will prevent crime anyway."

Nowra's local newspaper, South Coast Register, quoted Ms Gash saying there was nothing to fear from the cameras. "It means that detection [of crime] will continue to take place if anybody is doing the wrong thing. People who are not doing the wrong thing don't need to worry because it's a deterrent."

The re-activation of the cameras has faced another issue, as the Green's Upper House MP, David Shoebridge, gave notice of a disallowance motion to try to overturn the regulation. This comes after Mr O'Farrell introduced a new regulation, which allowed councils to operate CCTV cameras in public spaces.


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Category:AustraliaCategory:OceaniaCategory:New South Wales Category:Crime and law