CBD cameras in focus

A SYSTEM of CCTV cameras for the CBD came a step closer yesterday, after Bundaberg regional councillors and staff visited Ipswich to study how the system works in the southern city.

Their tour of the camera system in the Ipswich CBD was part of a study trip the delegation from Bundaberg undertook to study various aspects of how it was run.

During the two-day information-sharing visit, Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said they were particularly keen to learn from Ipswich’s experience with infrastructure planning, economic development and master planning.

Cr Pyefinch said local governments across Queensland admired Ipswich’s ability to deal with unprecedented growth — which was double that of the state average — and wanted to ‘pick their brains’ for advice.

“We’re targeting Ipswich because it’s a city we share a lot of similarities with,” she said.

“Ipswich council faced amalgamation in 1995 and we’re interested to see how it has dealt with those changes down the track.

“Coming together with visits like this is mutually beneficial to both councils and something we want to continue in the future.”

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he and council staff were keen to co-operate with the Bundaberg delegation.

After arriving for lunch and a series of talks yesterday the Bundaberg contingent was taken on a tour of Ipswich’s CBD and shown the much-acclaimed Safe City program.

Safe City is a 24-hour monitored security facility that has 181 cameras scattered across city and CBD, with operators who monitor the vision and report directly to police.

Police and the Ipswich City Council credit the system for a decrease in crime across the city.

The group also plans to visit the master-planned community of Springfield, near Ipswich, today.

Ipswich Mayor Pisasale praised the relationship between the two cities and said they would continue to share information.

“We’ve learnt from Bundaberg in the past and know we’re in a position to share our knowledge on growth and economic development,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We share a lot of similarities and face the same challenges – we want sustainable development and to create jobs and futures for our kids.

“Sometimes I think councils can be too insular. Why shouldn’t we share information and strive to make Queensland a better state?”

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