Macleay Valley CCTV Project
Fact sheet

CCTV camera

Kempsey Shire Council will install new CCTV cameras in a range of retail and commercial centres across the Shire during 2017-18. This project builds on the success of the Clyde Street Mall pilot project, which is still operating.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Kempsey Shire Council aims to be clear and transparent in all its operations. This FAQ page is designed to provide answers to common questions that may be asked in regards to the Macleay Valley CCTV Project.

When will the project commence?

The project anticipated start date is from mid-July 2017. An open public tender will be released in March 2017 and local consultations will be conducted during April to June 2017.

What is CCTV?

CCTV is an abbreviation for Closed Circuit Television. It involves the use of video cameras to transmit video information to a central location. It is a common tool used in discouraging antisocial behaviour and crime prevention.

Who owns the equipment for the project?

Kempsey Shire Council is the owner of the equipment for the Macleay Valley CCTV Project. Further information can be obtained from the Council on 6566 3200 or

How is the project funded?

The project is funded by a grant from the NSW Community Safety Fund administered by the NSW Department of Justice.

What is the purpose of the CCTV project?

The project aims to increase community safety and reduce the incidence of crime and antisocial behaviour in the Kempsey retail and commercial area of Smith Street and Belgrave Street, in Riverside Park, in the beachside retail and commercial areas of South West Rocks and Crescent Head.

How were camera locations selected?

Camera locations will be selected after consultation with the community, local business owners, and discussions with Police. The CCTV cameras will be installed in the following locations:

  • Smith Street and Belgrave Street, Kempsey
  • Riverside Park, Kempsey
  • Livingstone Street, Prince of Wales Street and Paragon Avenue, South West Rocks
  • Pacific Street and Rankine Street, Crescent Head

How many cameras are being used?

A total of 43 CCTV cameras will be installed. The allocations are as follows:

  • 16 cameras in Kempsey CBD
  • 4 cameras in Riverside Park
  • 10 cameras in South West Rocks
  • 10 cameras in Crescent Head
  • 3 mobile camera units for festivals and events

Will there be signage showing where the cameras are located?

Appropriate signage will be provided at each location adjacent to shopping precincts advising that CCTV cameras are in operation 24 hours per day.