Monash Council currently operates and manages 17 fixed CCTV surveillance systems within Council facilities and open space. The role of these CCTV surveillance systems is primarily to protect Council assets.
Following a number of reported incidents in and around the Oakleigh Activity Centre, the State Government has offered to contribute $50,000 for the purchase and installation of CCTV cameras. Council would fund and conduct ongoing maintenance of the cameras at about $2,500-$5,000 per year.
There is also an expectation of a live feed allowing for real-time monitoring by Victoria Police of the entry and exit points of Eaton Mall and the nearby car parks. This request sits outside of Council’s usual use of CCTV cameras in that it will be monitored by Oakleigh Police and is specifically intended to monitor people activity.
Purpose of consultation
The purpose of this project is to conduct municipality-wide consultation to establish the community response to the use of Council assets and resources for the real-time monitoring and surveillance of people movement, activity and behaviour by Victoria Police through the use of CCTV cameras, prior to Council resolving on the specific request. As there are different views in the community about CCTV, we first want to see what the Monash community thinks about this possible change.
We aim to:
- Understand community sentiment on Council funding real-time monitoring and surveillance by Victoria Police
- Understand the level of acceptance in the community for CCTV real-time monitoring
- Learn how much value the community places on CCTV for community safety
The results of this consultation will inform Council's consideration of the specific request to install CCTV in the Oakleigh Activity Centre.
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Feedback closes on 06 August 2021.