CCTV cameras mounted on Nanango Saddlery’s building now keep a watchful eye on the lower portion of Drayton Street and both ends of George Street

June 28, 2018

Nanango has become the second town in the South Burnett to install a CCTV video surveillance system, thanks to the Federal Government’s Safer Streets program and Heritage Nanango Community Branch.

The new 15-camera CCTV system will help make Nanango’s CBD a safer place for everyone, Heritage Nanango Community Funding Ltd (HNCF) says.

The $130,000 project has involved installing 15 cameras around the CBD, along with security and video surveillance software that enables local police to keep a close eye on the town.

The Federal Government provided $80,000 towards the project and the remainder was funded by HNCF, the company that jointly operates Heritage Community Branch in Nanango.

Under the Community Branch structure, HNCF’s share of the profits is returned to the community in the form of grants for worthwhile local projects and causes.

HNCF Director Andrew Black said the branch had first been informed they had secured a Safer Streets grant just over two years ago.

However, work couldn’t get underway on the project until Nanango’s new police station was built, because the system was intended to be operated by local police.

The new station opened in January last year, and a competitive tender for the CCTV project was launched after this to ensure Nanango received the most up-to-date system available.

“We selected the Luxriot Evo security and video surveillance software, coupled with 15 cameras that can be managed by desktop computers, a tablet or a smart phone,” Andrew said.

“This allows Nanango police to carry out surveillance of the CBD any time they want, and wherever they happen to be.”

Police can also filter the surveillance data through facial and number plate recognition technology, helping them detect people or vehicles of interest if they pass through Nanango’s CBD area.

Andrew said HNCF wanted to thank Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington for supporting the video surveillance initiative.

“We look forward to Mr Littleproud officially commissioning the system at Nanango Police Station on July 13,” Andrew said.

“We’d also like to thank our local providers, Kingaroy Security, who custom-designed, installed and managed the project; and Optical Solutions Australia, Astill’s Electrical Services and Aussie Height Safety, who all did outstanding work putting it all together.”

The project has involved mounting cameras on a number of buildings in Drayton Street and Little Drayton Street.

Together, the cameras provide round-the-clock coverage of the CBD’s main streets.

Andrew said HNCF also wanted to thank all the building owners and occupiers for their cooperation, as well as South Burnett Lawyers for assisting with legal matters.

But he wanted to pay particular thanks to everyone who supported the Heritage Nanango Community Branch.

“It is only through customers supporting the bank by making deposits or taking out loans that we can continue to make these types of projects possible,” he said.

“The more people who support our local Heritage Community Branch, the more we can give back.”

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington welcomed the Nanango CCTV project and the benefits it would bring to the town.

“This technology will be an important new resource for our local police,” she said.

“It will not only serve as a deterrent for criminals, but also help keep the community and businesses safer.

“Congratulations to the everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition, including the Nanango Heritage Community Branch and the Federal Government, as well as the community whose determination and foresight has made this happen.”

A similar CCTV system which was installed in Murgon last September has won praise from Murgon police.

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Installing the cameras on CBD rooftops was easier to say than it was to do …
… and also involved wiring each camera into the power system to ensure continuous operation
Wireless transmitters allow police to access surveillance data wherever they happen to be
The CCTV cameras are designed to blend in and be unobtrusive
Cameras are also mounted in other CBD streets, including this one in Little Drayton Street that also monitors access to the Scott Car Park
The cameras are mounted high on buildings out of most people’s line of sight, but they provide police with a comprehensive view of the area
FLASHBACK: Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell with HNCF chairman Wendy Zerbst in June 2016 when it was announced the branch had secured an $80,000 Safer Streets grant towards the CCTV project

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