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New camera monitoring room keeps City of Logan safe

Published: 20 March 2015

New camera monitoring room keeps City of Logan safe

The opening of a new $1.3 million state-of-the-art safety camera monitoring room on 10 March highlights Logan City Council's continued commitment to and investment in community safety.

The purpose-built monitoring room will service the needs of Council and the City of Logan well into the future. It has been funded by $1.06m from Council, and $250,000 from the Queensland Government, approved in the context of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.

Mayor Pam Parker said helping create a safer city had been a top priority for many years.

"We are committed to creating a safer city for all residents and businesses. Our research tells us our community wants us to focus on this as a priority and that's exactly what we are doing," she said.

"We are now ahead of the game with first class systems in place. And as I always say, you have nothing to be concerned about if you are doing the right thing."

Cr Parker said all levels of government and the community had a role to play in making the city safe.

"We have a unique relationship with Queensland Police Service, Queensland Rail, TransLink and a wide range of community organisations in providing this service," she said.

Safe City Advisory Committee Chairperson, Councillor Russell Lutton (Division 2), said the video management software used in the new monitoring room was the same state-of-the-art software operating in the likes of Paris, Sweden and Austria's nationwide transport and roadway monitoring systems.

"We use web-based GIS mapping to track and monitor incidents, which helps to identify emerging issues in safety camera precincts," he said.

"The monitoring room also streams a feed directly to local police communication rooms to enable police to respond to and manage incidents while in progress, allowing them to be more effective in keeping our neighbourhoods safe.

"When we started this program in 2001, we monitored nine cameras; over the past 10 years the growth of the network has expanded to monitor more than 300 cameras and we are making the most of new technology to keep our community safe."

State Member for Woodridge and Minister for Emergency Services, Cameron Dick, said the Queensland Government had invested $250,000 in the partnership with Council as part of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

"I am pleased to be working with Councillor Pam Parker and the Council team to deliver this important community safety project for Logan," Mr Dick said.

"This project is about improving the safety of local residents and tackling crime – two of my priorities as the Member of Parliament for Woodridge. Queensland Police and other agencies already have a great working relationship with Council officers and this project will make the partnership even stronger and more effective."

The monitoring room is operational 24 hours a day and is monitored by two-fully trained officers.