Focus on safety at Gold Coast skate parks

Skate parks on the Gold Coast have become a whole lot safer with new cameras and additional lighting installed.

Cameras have already been installed at skate parks at Helensvale, Miami, Elanora, Runaway Bay and Upper Coomera, with parks in Nerang, Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes set to get cameras in coming weeks.

The cameras will be linked to the wider Gold Coast safety camera network and monitored from a central control room.


Mayor Tom Tate said safety cameras already installed at five skate parks are proving effective. “A skateboarder was recently injured at one of our parks and our camera monitoring staff quickly called an ambulance to assist,” said Cr Tate.“Our skate parks are very popular, particularly with young people, so these spaces need to be safe for them and the rest of our community.

“The cameras have successfully deterred anti-social behaviour and vandalism in other parts of our city and we’re hoping they’ll have the same effect in our skate parks.”

In another boost for safer suburbs, Cr Tate announced an increased commitment towards the safety camera network in the coming budget.“We’re committing more than $2 million towards safety in the coming budget. That’s a 10 per cent increase on last year’s budget,” Cr Tate said.

There are 242 safety cameras monitored across the city’s major entertainment precincts including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta.

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