Cairns police, in partnership with the Cairns Safe Night Precinct Committee, will enhance public safety and crime prevention messaging across the CBD thanks to the installation of four electronic community message screens.
Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor said the screens, funded through the Safe Night Precinct operational grant program managed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, are designed to provide up-to-date information to the public throughout the CBD.
“The screens have been strategically installed across the Cairns city area, displaying important community safety messages,” Deputy Commissioner Taylor said.
“These messages will include updates from emergency services regarding natural disasters or other emergency events such as gas leaks, as well as crime prevention and general public safety information.”
Deputy Commissioner Taylor said local business owners were also supportive of the project.
“The messages currently being generated relate to alcohol fuelled violence, traffic warnings, COVID-19 restrictions and compliance, and liquor regulation compliance,” he said.
“These issues affect all members of our community, and by sharing these messages in high-volume pedestrian locations, the project is keeping both patrons and businesses safe.”
The screens have been installed in conjunction with the ongoing police operation targeting anti-social and criminal behaviour on the esplanade and in the CBD.
As part of this operation, additional patrols will be carried out by Cairns General Duties, Tactical Crime Squad officers, plain clothes police and Road Policing Unit.