Government departments refuse Byron CCTV

Aerial photograph of Byron Bay.
Aerial photograph of Byron Bay. Patrick Gorbunovs

EFFORTS to secure government funding to finance CCTV in Byron Bay in order to deter late-night violence have hit a brick wall, the town's leading business group has revealed.

Byron United president Paul Waters is urging the community to contact local, State and Federal MPs and demand their support.

Mr Waters said despite many hours of volunteer time by Byron United, Byron Liquor Accord and community members over the past year "believing that our dire issues would be acknowledged and appropriate funding would be granted", the State Government had refused to help.

"Once the State Government refused to assist, our local MP Don Page approached the Federal Attorney General's office who delegated the request to the Minister for Home Affairs who this week advised they also aren't in a position to assist," Mr Waters said

The blow comes as Byron Beach Cafe's head chef Nathan Ford remains in a Melbourne brain-trauma clinic as a result of a brutal assault in Jonson St at 2am on December 1.

According to police, Mr Ford was knocked to the ground then kicked in the head by his attacker after becoming involved in an argument with a group of men.

Mr Waters said the police were no closer to identifying the perpetrator.

"Had CCTV been avail- able the person in question would have now been identified, reprimanded and possibly jailed for their actions.

"The cost of the Street Safety Program pales in significance to a person's life, or Nathan's medical expenses at the very least.

"We encourage the community, councillors and other stakeholders to write to our local members and demand their support to make our town safer."

The cost of CCTV is estimated to be $200,000 a year.

Topics:  cctv crime violence

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