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From the Mayor's Desk

Australia Day honours list

Congratulations to fellow Bathurst Regional Council Councillor Cr Monica Morse, who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to local government and to the community of Bathurst in the Australia Day Honours List.

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Chifley Dam Algae Status

Green StoplightA RED Level alert is currently in place for Chifley Dam.  For further information please click here.

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Environment Protection Authority - Pollution Incident Response Management Plans and Data
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Smart Street Lighting

Smart Community

Frequently Asked Questions – LED Street Light Replacement Project

Why are the lights being changed?
The cost of Street Lighting in the Bathurst local government area last financial year was in excess of $1.2 million dollars. Replacing current lighting with LED lights will reduce the amount of electricity used by more than 60% saving Council significant money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Maintenance and operational costs charged by Essential Energy will also be reduced as LED lamps have a much longer life than current streetlight technologies. Overall the project will save approximately 50% of current street lighting costs.
LED lights have other advantages including that there is less light spill outside of the area which is intended to be lit.

The lights appear a different colour than the streetlights we had before. Why is this?
Before the roll-out of LED a lot of Bathurst streetlights were high pressure sodium lights which gave a very yellow light. The colour temperature of the LED lights will be 4000K (whiter, daylight like) for main roads and some intersections. This colour temperature has been shown to provide increased safety where there is higher traffic volume. The colour temperature of LED lights deployed in residential areas will be 3000K. This is a warmer colour, generally preferred by residents.

When will the replacement program start and how long will it take?
Essential Energy contractors will commence deployment of the LED lights in late-November 2019. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by mid 2020.

Why did a light in my street get missed?
As part of its Smart Communities program Council is planning for the deployment of smart controls and sensor technology using the Street Light Network. Council has quarantined approximately 200 streetlights from the initial deployment to later install lights that will allow environmental or other sensors to be attached to the light. The technology is not quite ready so these lights will be deployed at a later date.

What are you doing to the heritage street lights in the CBD?
Heritage listed lights in the CBD, Machattie Park, Kings Parade and Chifley Park are not being changed as part of this initial project. Council will investigate LED technology for these lights at a later time. A key requirement will be that any change will not impact on the heritage value of the lights.

The lights outside of my place looks very different to what was there before – why?
Over the years as Bathurst has grown many different types of lights have been installed. The number of different types of lights reduces the efficiency of operating the streetlight network and makes it more expensive. In addition, some of the decorative style lights are much more expensive to replace with LED (up to four times more expensive). Council in consultation with Essential Energy has decided to standardise the types of streetlights across the city to improve efficiencies and reduce ongoing costs.

What impact will the work have in my street?
Essential Energy will have two or three crews working on the LED upgrade in Bathurst. Crews will have a truck and cherry picker and will move street by street through the city. Generally, they will change all of the lights in a street at the one time.

Who do I call if a light in my street is not working?
If you notice a streetlight is not working it should be reported to Essential Energy by calling 13 20 80 (24 hours / 7 days a week), or by visiting https://www.essentialenergy.com.au/outages-and-faults/streetlight-faults

Keep up to date with progress of the LED installation on the Essential Energy project page https://engage.essentialenergy.com.au/led-upgrade/  

The map will be updated weekly as work on the LED installation progresses across the city.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Smart Community

Electric vehicles are going to become more common, we know that. Australia no longer has a car manufacturing industry, so the vehicles we buy come from Europe, Asia and the USA. Most European manufacturers and many of the others have set targets to replace their existing vehicle range with cars that are wholly or partly powered by electric motors.

This means that the Australian automotive landscape is going to change, whether we are ready for it or not.

Bathurst Regional Council sees this as an opportunity, rather than a problem. Electric vehicles, by their nature, are safer, less polluting, quieter, cheaper to run and more efficient. However, there is currently insufficient infrastructure for travellers.

If you own an electric vehicle or EV, you generally top your car up overnight on a domestic power point, just as you would your phone or smart device. Travellers need fast charging locations located along key tourist routes and that is why Council supported the installation of the Tesla Supercharger and NRMA fast charger stations adjacent to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre. These stations, primarily funded by those organisations, now allow people to travel from Sydney, through Bathurst and onto Central NSW. As more chargers are rolled out in the region in the coming months, additional journeys will be enabled.

This supports the local economy by ensuring that travellers can continue to visit our region, regardless of the type of car they drive.

Council is now looking at other key gateway, destination and tourist attraction sites so that our community continues to be a Smart Community and adapt to the rapidly changing automotive landscape. Council will also test the use of EVs in the Council fleet so that we are able to adopt this technology as it becomes more common place.

Download information about both these projects below:-

Bathurst Regional Council - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicle Charge Stations

 

Free Public WiFi

Smart Community

Bathurst Regional Council has installed a Free Public WiFi service across a number of central business district and recreation areas.  The service went live in March 2019.

The areas covered by the Free WiFi program are identified in the map below.

Through the Free Public WiFi service Council aims to make it easier for visitors and residents to find out more about what's on, when and where in our region an dhow to access local facilities and services.

Please note: large buildings and tall structures may impact on the strength of the WiFi signal resulting in some blackspots with the CBD area.

In establishing a free WiFi network, Council has developed a policy to govern the use of the Wi-Fi system. Council has adopted the Public Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy. Download WiFi Policy here.  Download Privacy Policy here.

BRC Free WiFi Map

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This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

CBD CCTV

Smart Community

The CBD CCTV scheme will enable Closed Circuit Television to be installed in the Bathurst Central Business District. The CBD CCTV scheme is part of a broader community safety strategy within the Bathurst Local Government Area.

This CBD CCTV scheme is aimed at the detection and conviction of offenders. Council recognises that the presence of CCTV can have a deterrent effect on crime and antisocial behaviour within the CBD, whilst contributing to a greater sense of safety in the community.

The CCTV cameras will not be monitored by Bathurst Regional Council but will capture images that can be used to assist Police. Police may intermittently view live images provided by the CBD CCTV scheme.

A suite of documents will underpin the operation of the scheme, including:

CBD CCTV Policy
CBD CCTV Code of Practice
CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure
CBD CCTV Memorandum of Understanding between Bathurst Regional Council and Chifley Police District

What's happening with the project?

The CBD CCTV scheme will be a staged rollout, with additional cameras being installed as funding becomes available. Stage 1 of the project includes the setup of the control centres, laying of fibre and installation of nine cameras. Stage 1 of the CBD CCTV was commissioned in July 2019. Council has received funding for final stage of the CBD CCTV project, which will be undertaken in the 2019-2020 financial year. Design work for the final stage is currently underway.

The cameras send footage to the Bathurst Police Station where the system can be monitored by the NSW Police Force. The recorded images will only be used and/or disclosed for law enforcement or other lawful purposes. 

Where will the CCTV network be installed?

The map below shows an indicative coverage area to be provided by the nine cameras to be installed.  Download a PDF copy here...

CBD CCTV frequently asked questions.

Bathurst Regional Council aims to be clear and transparent in all its operations. This FAQ sheet is designed to provide answers to common questions that may be asked regarding the CBD CCTV scheme.

A copy of the FAQ can be accessed below:-

What is CCTV?
CCTV is an abbreviation for Closed Circuit Television. It involves the use of cameras to transmit video footage and images to a central location. It is a common tool used in crime prevention.

What is the CBD CCTV scheme?
The CBD CCTV scheme is a project which will enable Closed Circuit Television to be installed in the Bathurst Central Business District. The CBD CCTV scheme is part of a broader community safety strategy within the Bathurst Local Government Area.

Who owns of the CBD CCTV scheme?
Bathurst Regional Council is the owner of the scheme.

How was the CBD CCTV scheme funded?
Stage 1 of the CBD CCTV scheme was funded by Bathurst Regional Council.

What are the objectives of Bathurst’s CBD CCTV scheme?

To reduce the fear of crime as measured by: 

  • Increased community perception of safety within the CBD

To assist in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders as measured by:

  • Increase in the number of offenders identified
  • Increase in the number of offenders apprehended

Who else is involved in the in the CBD CCTV scheme?
Chifley Police District, who are part of the NSW Police Force, are a partner to the scheme.

What is the role of Chifley Police District?
A live feed of the images captured by CCTV in the Bathurst CBD will be available at the Bathurst Police Station.

When will CCTV commence in the Bathurst CBD?
Cameras are being installed throughout May and June 2019. It is anticipated that the project will be live from end of June 2019. Council will inform the community of this date once it has been confirmed.

How were the camera locations selected?
Camera locations were selected through examination of crime “hot spots” in the CBD by Chifley Police District.

How many cameras are being used?
Nine cameras have been installed in Stage One of the scheme.

Where are cameras installed?
Cameras are located at the following in the following locations:

  • 1 – Howick Street 
  • 2 – Corner William Street and Russell Street 
  • 1 – Machattie Park 
  • 3 – Keppel Street
  • 1- Bentinck Street 
  • 1 – Court House Lane

What will be captured by the CCTV cameras?
CCTV cameras will be operating continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The cameras will capture any activity that occurs in the field of view of the cameras. The images will be used to assist in identifying offenders in an effort to reduce crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour and increase the perception of safety in our community.

When are the CCTV cameras active?
The CCTV cameras record continuously – 24 hours, 7 day a week.

How does the system work?
Video images are transmitted from the cameras in the CBD to recording equipment housed in the Bathurst Police Station. Images are presented on a computer monitor housed in the Police Station.

How will the CCTV footage be used?
The CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure detail the circumstances where the images captured by CCTV will be held and released. Generally, the images will only be released to the Police, for the purpose of legal proceedings, or where Bathurst Regional Council is required to release the images by law.

How long will CCTV footage be kept for?
CCTV footage will be held for a maximum of 30 days. The footage will then be destroyed.

Will there be signage showing where the cameras are located?
Yes. Signage will be placed throughout the area covered by CCTV to notify people that images of them may be captured by the cameras.

Are there rules to govern the operation of the CCTV?
The CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure governs the operation of the CBD CCTV scheme by Bathurst Regional Council. These documents have incorporated the recommendations contained in the NSW Government Policy Statement and Guidelines for the Establishment and Implementation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in Public Places. Further protection regarding an individual’s privacy is provided by the NSW Privacy Act.

How is my privacy protected?
Information captured by CCTV is protected by the Information Protection Principals contained in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW Privacy Act), and the Bathurst Regional Council CBD CCTV Code of Practice and CBD CCTV Standard Operating Procedure. Access to the images captured by CCTV is limited to specific authorised Council Officers. Chifley Police District will be provided with a live feed of CCTV in the Bathurst CBD, however a recording of any images that may be needed for an investigation will be required to be applied for through a formal application process.

What if I want to make a comment, query or complaint about the CBD CCTV scheme?
Comments, queries or complaints may be sent in writing to:

Bathurst Regional Council
Private Mail Bag 17
BATHURST NSW 2795

Or emailed to: COUNCIL

Any enquiries in regard to the CBD CCTV scheme should be directed to Bathurst Regional Council on (02) 6333 6111.

 

 

Bathurst - A Smart Community

Smart Community

Bathurst is on track to become a smart community of national significance.

What is a smart community? It’s one where technology and data are used to drive economic activity, meet the changing needs of the community through a digital strategy, accelerate innovation and better manage resources, energy and services.

Smart initiatives being implemented or tested in progress in and around Bathurst:

Electric vehicle charging stations
CCTV
Free Public WiFi
Smart street lighting
• Smart water meter readers
Council is currently finalising a SMART strategy to guide investment in future SMART projects for our region.