Businesses in Halifax and Davenport have been delivered an early Christmas present with the switching on of a closed-circuit television system.
With 22 cameras now operational, workshops and stores have the gift of security and peace of mind as they go into the Christmas and New Year break.
Businesses are being watched over 24 hours a day, with footage from the cameras beaming to the data centre at the Bunbury Library and then to the Bunbury Police Station.
The initiative is part of a wider enhancement project supported with $3 million from the State Government that aims to unlock growth opportunities.
Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was very happy to see the network up-and-running.
“I am really pleased the business owners in Halifax will have some peace of mind while they take some family time over Christmas knowing that the CCTV network will be surveilling their premises in their absence,” Mr Punch said.
“Better lighting will also be a deterrent to criminals and ─ in tandem with the cameras ─ this will make a real difference to safety and security in Halifax.”
The CCTV component of the project was managed by the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with camera installation carried out by local business BTS.
BGCCI chief executive officer Mark Seaward said the project has proceeded well with credit to BTS to get the equipment installed and commissioned in time for the holidays.
“We have also installed an additional 18 LED floodlights to enhance the general lighting conditions of the area,” Mr Seaward said.
South West Development Commission chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said it was fantastic to see the first element in the project become a reality.
“We worked with local businesses and organisations to build the case for the project – and we are pleased local businesses will now start benefiting,” Ms Teede said.
“This is a great outcome.”
Future stages of the project will involve improving the road network by installing a slip lane and expanding sewerage.