Plans for CCTV installation in Swansea stall over Lake Macquarie council development process

DEBATE still simmers over the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in Swansea, as the council, state MPs and the business chamber disagree on the process.

Last year, the state government granted $18,000 to the Swansea Chamber of Commerce to install CCTV in the suburb's main street to combat crime.

However, the money has been held for about 12 months.

Lake Macquarie Council says it requires a development application if a developer intends to use council land.

It has requested a development application from the chamber to install the cameras.

Lake Macquarie mayor Jodie Harrison said the council did not support the CCTV installation.

"Evidence around the world suggests it's not effective," Cr Harrison said.

"It's not council's responsibility to combat crime. We act as a partner agency to the police . . . it's not our domain," Cr Harrison said.

She said the council was also concerned about a long-term financial commitment on its behalf.

Chamber president Peter Johnston said he was biding his time.

"I can't say yet whether we'll lodge the DA or not," Mr Johnston said.

"We don't believe council has any say because the cameras are going on private property."

Mr Johnston said a levy on the chamber's members would pay for any maintenance to the cameras.

A full fitout of security cameras on Lake Road would cost $128,000.

Swansea MP Garry Edwards said the council had not been asked to contribute any money.

Mr Edwards has encouraged the chamber to lodge the application.


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