Aurukun is on track to have the first stage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) security system operating in the community by the end of the month with five of the proposed 20 cameras installed.
Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo said the $1.47 million system was being funded by Aurukun Shire Council, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
“The first five cameras have been installed and contractor SAPE Industries is hooking up the monitoring system at the Police Station,” he said.
“SAPE has advised that these should be operational by May 31 and the remaining 15 cameras will be installed by June 30 with additional monitoring at the Council Chambers upon completion.
“Council has been working very closely with SAPE Industries to ensure the installation process goes smoothly and we will continue to be updated on progress throughout the next six weeks.
“Both Council and the Aurukun community are confident the CCTV will help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the township and complement our broader strategy to improve life in Aurukun.
“We are working hard with the Queensland Police Service to improve security by hiring private security guards and funding the successful Community Police program employing local residents.
“Members of the community will soon be able to access safe and welcoming community infrastructure with a Police Citizens Youth Club under construction within the Aurukun Sports Centre and the refurbishment of our library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre.
“Employment is critical and Council is proactively lobbying for business development to provide employment and training opportunities.
“We are also actively lobbying for improved telecommunications to ensure Aurukun has reliable internet and phone access which is necessary for business and social interaction with the outside world.”