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Speaking in response to the mid-winter spate of violence in Byron Bay last weekend, Cr Richardson said yesterday that he wouldn’t commit the council to applying for funding for the cameras because a condition was that any measures funded must prevent crime.

He added the cameras only helped to solve crimes.

But Mr Page said they do both.

‘I think CCTV is both a crime-prevention measure and a way to capture criminals,’ he told ABC radio this morning.

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that if people know there are cameras there they are less inclined to break the law.’

He added that federal funding was available if the council chose to seek it.

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  1. Yes I agree we need the CTV cameras along the main street of Byron . We already have had a so many incidents happen it would support the town to start feeling safe again after a certain time at night where all hell can break loose. If we have pubs and clubs then we need cameras it helps us all to walk the streets freely. thanks.

  2. There may be “no doubt’ in Don Page’s mind but the studies say otherwise. The chance of a pissed hoon being influenced by a CCTV camera when about to initiate a street brawl are nil. Even the police reluctantly admit this.
    However, if Don would guarantee that the cost of installing, maintaining and monitoring cameras would be picked up by his government I am sure Simon Richardson would have no problem.


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