Cooroy staying safe with a little help from its friends
WITH a CCTV system worth in excess of $200,000, it is important to keep it well maintained.
But that costs money.
With an annual maintenance bill of $10,000, Cooroy Chamber of Commerce weren’t about to put their hand out to their members, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thankfully, a handful of big hearted businesses in the community were happy to come to the party.
Cooroy has a fantastic CCTV system in the CBD that was installed three years ago when the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce sourced $200,000 in funding through a Safer Streets Grant from the Australian Government.
With the system now out of warranty, the Chamber was expecting to cover annual maintenance costs of up to $10,000, rather than ask members to contribute during the extremely difficult business climate created by COVID-19.
However, recognising the importance of a fully functional and reliable CCTV network, Wythes Real Estate, Cooroy RSL and Cooroy IGA have agreed to jointly sponsor the ongoing maintenance of the Cooroy CCTV cameras for six months.
Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President Chris Bell said the cameras have invaluable to assisting police.
“Sgt Mal Scott praises the system as it has on many occasions proved instrumental in not just solving crime and providing evidence but also as a deterrent to crime,” he said.
“The system features 30 cameras including number plate recognition systems and the data feeds back to the Cooroy Police Station.
“The CCTV camera system is an integral part of keeping our community safe,” said Peter Zipf from Cooroy IGA.
“Cooroy RSL is a community club, so supporting a system that has proved so worthy to our community makes total sense for us,” said President of Cooroy RSL, Barrie Adams.
Sirah Robb, Principal of Wythes Real Estate said, “We were pleased to be able to support a project that enhances our community and keeps it a wonderful place to live and work.”