Community Safety Camera Program

Byron Bay is a well-known tourist destination with over one million visitors each year. Assault (non domestic violence) and alcohol related crime are well documented for Byron Shire’s “hotspot” of Byron Bay CBD. It is an entertainment precinct with high rates of alcohol-related violence especially during peak holiday times. There has been a high level of concern among the community and local businesses for some time about the level of alcohol-related harm and, although recent crime prevention projects have reduced the statistics of alcohol-related assault, there is still a level of concern around high rates of anti-social behaviour.

To help address these issues Byron Shire Council was the recipient of funding through the Australian Government's Safer Streets Program for the installation of CCTV cameras in the Byron Bay CBD. The project saw the installation of improved lighting and CCTV cameras in identified hot spots in the Byron Bay central business district to help deter anti-social behaviour, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety and the perception of safety in the area.

Camera Locations

The project included the installation of improved lighting and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Apex Park and parts of Jonson Street in the Byron Bay central business district (CBD) to help deter anti-social behaviour, reduce the fear of crime and improve public safety and the perception of safety in the area.

Below is a map of the camera locations.

Code of Practice

Council is required to develop a Code of Practice for guidance on the use of CCTV. The Code of Practice outlines the objectives of the program and basic standards under which the Community Safety Camera Program is operated.

You can download a copy of the Code of Practice from the right hand side of this page.

Project Evaluation

The program has been operational since November 2015. A project evaluation is planned regularly, commencing with the first after six months of operation, and thereafter every twelve months.

A Community Safety Camera Program Working Group was convened with representatives of NSW Police (Tweed- Byron Local Area Command), Byron United (local Chamber of Commerce) and the Byron Bay Liquor Accord being invited members on the Working Group. The Working Group will be involved in monitoring and evaluation of the program.

Requests for CCTV Footage

All recorded CSCP footage will be kept for a maximum of 30 days. Subject to a valid request for footage being current, after the 30 day period, footage will be deleted.

All crimes should be reported to the Police, who can request CCTV footage to assist with solving the crime.

A member of the public has the right to apply for access to personal information held by Council in the following ways:

a)    A person can apply for the information under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 .(PPIPA Act)  A copy of an “Application for Access to Personal or Health Information” can be obtained from Council; or

b)    A person can apply for information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act).

The display of recorded material to the public will only be allowed where there is a demonstrated overriding public interest for disclosure or in any other circumstances provided by the law. Where display of recorded material occurs the personal information of other people in the footage will be obscured.

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