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SHOPPERS COVERED WITH NEW CCTV

 

cctv camera installation in Moree CBDMoree Plains Shire Council has just installed a new closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance camera at the corner of Gwydir and Balo Streets as part of an ongoing community safety strategy to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour in the CBD area.

 

The new dome camera has four-way directional monitoring capabilities, movement tracking and motion recording. This means when the camera detects movement along the east and west section of Gwydir Street and the north and south section of Balo Street the camera’s footage is recorded.

 

Council’s Network Administrator William Fitzgerald explained Moree’s surveillance cameras have proved to be an effective means of preventing and reducing crime in parks while improving the public's general feeling of safety and security.

 

“The recorded footage that the CCTV cameras have captured has provided vital evidence which has been used to identify offenders and observations relating to vandalism, graffiti, criminal behaviour and accidents.” William Fitzgerald

 

Mr Fitzgerald also explained that access to Council's CCTV systems and cameras is strictly controlled through Council's CCTV Policy and Code of Practice. System access is only available to approved Council officers and contracted service providers.

 

“Footage will only be released to an authorised law enforcement agency, legal representative for the person involved in the incident, or the Council team investigating the incident,” he said.

 

There is 57 CCTV camera’s operating in and around Moree’s CBD area, public areas, and around the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

 

 

 

 

Network Administrator William Fitzgerald checks that the footage is operational

 

 

 

 

 

NO BLOCKS WHEN DRIVING THE PORCELAIN BUS

 

In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, I sat on the tiles of the bathroom floor hugging the toilet as if it were my best friend and let the cold porcelain soothe my pounding head.

 

There is nothing worse than getting a block when ‘driving the porcelain bus’ for worry-free flushability only flush the 4 P’s – pee, poo, puke and paperI thought about the tidal wave of coloured liquid I had deposited, the result of the evening’s entertainment, and watched horrified as it rose up to meet me when I flushed.

 

There is nothing worse than getting a block when ‘driving the porcelain bus’ and I wondered what else my porcelain friend had swallowed causing my plumbing problems.

 

Toilets, sinks and pipes leading from your home to the town’s sewerage system only have a 100mm wide drain which is designed to deal with human waste matter, toilet paper and grey water; everything else that we put down can cause blockages in the pipes that cost time and money to fix and becomes environmental pollution.

 

• Grease, oil and fats – cool, congeal and build up on the sides of the pipes like a clogged artery, eventually giving the sewer system a heart attack

 

• Hair and dental floss – hair and plaque-laden strings clump with the other nasties in the sewer pipes and can create blockages

 

• Cotton buds, tampons, pads, incontinence wear and nappies – these items are designed to absorb moisture and expand. The expansion makes it difficult for them to pass through sewer pipes and they gather together in the bends causing massive blockages

 

• Wet wipes – do not degrade as described on the packet, even though they are labelled ‘flushable’. Wet wipes contain synthetic materials such as moisturisers or oils, which do not disintegrate after flushing. They stick to fat, potentially causing sewer system obstructions and, in turn, blockages and pipe damage.

 

 Congealed fats and oils clump to wet wipes and other rubbish that must be removed from the sewers and taken to landfill – where it should have been in the first place.

Congealed fats and oils clump to wet wipes and other rubbish that must be removed from the sewers and taken to landfill – where it should have been in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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