An enlarged still taken from one of Murgon’s CCTV cameras shown to a meeting of Murgon businesspeople in September last year … the original quality of the image was much higher

August 24, 2018

Wondai could soon be the third town in the South Burnett region to get a CCTV security camera system to deter crime.

Wondai Lions Club will apply for a grant of $200,000 under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund.

This would allow for the installation of 21 cameras around the Wondai CBD.

CCTV systems have been installed in Murgon and Nanango under earlier rounds of the Safer Communities Fund.

Nanango’s CCTV system was unveiled by the Heritage Nanango Community Fund earlier this year. This $130,000 project involved installing 15 cameras around the CBD, along with security and video surveillance software for police.

A $369,000 54-camera system was installed in Murgon in 2017 which also included a thermal imaging camera and four integrated cameras that produce a 180-degree view of a 50 metre section of Lamb Street.

Wondai Lions are working with security consultant Douglas Grant, who installed the Murgon system.

Mr Grant worked with the Murgon Business and Development Association on their grant application.

Local councillor Ros Heit said she was hoping the Wondai funding application would be successful to help prevent crime in the town.

There is a total of $30 million to be distributed in Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund.

Grants ranging from $1000 up to $1 million are available to boost community safety.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the funding helped to prevent, deter and detect crime, and protect community organisations.

“The rubber really hits the road when we have access to CCTV footage,” Mr Littleproud said.

“More watchful eyes in our community increases public safety and give people a greater sense of security.”

Applications for the infrastructure stream close on September 25.

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