Work began on Tuesday May 28 to install support poles across Mount Isa in preparation for the installation of nine new CCTV cameras, which are due to be up and running by the end of July.
The locations include the Barkly Highway, Burke Street, Gardner Street, George McCoy Park, Lynch Street, Playway Park, Rodeo Drive, Short Street and the Skate Park.
A number of existing CCTV cameras in the city will also be upgraded to have greater technological capabilities, including a fixed four-way camera unit for CBD intersections.
Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the upgrade to some of the cameras follows extensive consultation with Mount Isa Police.
"As part of this project, the technological capabilities of several of council's existing CCTV cameras will be upgraded, with some to include image recognition - such as facial recognition or number-plate recognition - which will be of significant assistance to the Police's crime-investigation efforts," Cr McCulloch said.
"Some camera types will be upgraded to provide steady, around-the-clock streaming, with a camera dedicated for each direction surveyed by the original, rather than the one camera switching to different views every few seconds."
Cr McCulloch said the CCTV cameras will have 24-hour recording capability that will feed directly to the Mount Isa Police Headquarters.
All footage will be the property of Mount Isa Police.
The project to install the new and upgraded CCTV cameras will cost $326,300 and is fully funded by the Federal Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
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