CCTV lookout to cost $20,000

COFFS Harbour’s Marine Rescue unit has applied to Coffs Harbour City Council for CCTV cameras so they can see south from Beacon Hill.

The unit wants to recover the southern views from their base now lost to growing vegetation.

Unit commander Graeme King said although they had been told the council was receptive, they had no firm commitment.

Mr King said he estimated installation of the cameras would cost about $20,000, but would not help with the loss of views from Beacon Hill Lookout being complained about by tourists and their local hosts.

Coffs Harbour City Council’s director of city services, Ben Lawson, said a study commissioned some time ago identified threatened species which would be affected by clearing.

He said the council now needed to produce a species impact statement to assess the impact of the work, which would have to be approved by DECCW as well as federal environmental authorities.

“In view of the significant cost of preparing the SIS and the uncertainty of approval, council has not progressed the SIS at this stage but is currently assessing the viability of doing so,” he said.



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