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CCTV governance policy approved by councillors

VIDEO surveillance by Coffs Harbour City Council staff prompted some questions from councillor Sally Townley this week.

The council's policy for video surveillance on public and other lands was approved unanimously by councillors on Thursday.

Cr Townley asked about the cost of implementing the surveillance system, the cost of storing and maintaining data collected and whether this was included in the operational plan and whether it was going to involve an amount of training and professional development for staff.

The acting director of sustainable communities, David Battese, said the policy was providing governance for the council's existing CCTV cameras, the CCTV had been happening for a long time and if the council wanted to change it, this change would have to be signed off by the general manager or directors on who used the data.

"We are not adding more cost, we are adding governance and guidelines," Mr Battese said.

Cr Townley asked how proposed community consultation over the system would work and what level of accessibility would be provided.

Mr Battese said they were trying to compile a database of the existing cameras and if new cameras were to be put in public areas, like a car park, there would be consultation for 28 days.



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