THE rollout of Bathurst's central business district closed-circuit television (CCTV) network is set to expand in the coming months.
Bathurst Regional Council recently accepted a tender from Kelso Electrical to install stage three of the CCTV network.
The tender for the next stage is valued at $135,000.
"It's extending the CCTV program along Havannah Street from Keppel to Leena streets," general manager David Sherley said.
Mr Sherley indicated that council would look to extend the coverage in Havannah Street again in the future.
Councillors and the community have long been calling for a comprehensive CCTV network in Bathurst.
It wasn't until late 2018 that council awarded the tender for the first stage of its CCTV network, and then mid-2019 before it went live.
A second stage was rolled out in 2020, with the work including expanding the control centres, laying of fibre and the installation of ten cameras along William, Keppel, Russell, Howick and George streets.
Combined, stages one and two provide five kilometres of footpath coverage around the CBD.
The network has been funded by council and the federal government.
Stage one was funded from council's own resources.
Council received $400,000 from round three of the Safer Communities Fund and invested $250,000 of its own funds to pay for the second stage of the network.
Last year, council's director of Cultural and Community Services said council would utilise funding from round one of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure fund for an expansion of the network into Havannah Street.
The CCTV cameras operate continuously, with a live feed of the images available at Bathurst Police Station.
The cameras captures any activity that occurs in the field of view of the cameras and images can be used to assist in identifying offenders in an effort to reduce crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour.
Separate to the CBD CCTV network, the police are also able to utilise cameras installed at businesses, as it is a requirement of those who've received funding from council to register the cameras with local police.
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