WATCH OUT: Cameras are perched at the corner of Top Forestry and Old Ceylon roads.
WATCH OUT: Cameras are perched at the corner of Top Forestry and Old Ceylon roads. Contributed

Chook cam is watching you Traffic cameras causing concerns

PRIVATELY-placed traffic cameras have residents of a rural hinterland retreat near Cooroy feeling as though Big Brother is watching them

Local activist Rod Ritchie has posted photos on his No Broiler Farm Cooroy website of the recently installed cameras on corner of Top Forestry and Old Ceylon roads, as well as the top of King Parrot Lane.

Mr Ritchie has been leading the community opposition to the development application for an intensive commercial chicken farm at Dave Milligan's avocado farm on Top Forestry Rd that that was deferred by the Sunshine Coast Council to the new Noosa Council.

HE HAS been told the cameras have been erected on street signs by data collection company which is collating traffic movement information on behalf of Mr Milligan.

"A spokesperson for the applicant's legal firm, Gantt Legal, has contacted us to say that the cameras, which will be in place for about a week, are gathering evidence of road movements that could form the basis of an appeal to the Planning and Environment Court," Mr Ritchie said.

"Apparently the material gathered will not be available to local residents who are being filmed as they go about their daily travel, but would be made public should there be a court case. The cameras were apparently attached to public road signs without the knowledge of Noosa Council," Mr Ritchie said.

He said the cameras were causing "stress and concern to those going about their daily travel".

Mr Milligan could not be contacted.

Noosa councillor Tony Wellington said council staff were made aware of the traffic cameras by concerned residents.

"There had been no application by the Top Forestry Rd Chicken Farm applicant or his consultant to put the cameras in place," Cr Wellington said.

"The issue is not about the use of traffic cameras as such, but rather that they have been placed on council road reserve. Accordingly there should have been an application for a permit to place the equipment on council land. Staff will be contacting the applicant with regards to this matter.

"Some residents have been concerned that the cameras represent an invasion of privacy," he said.

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