Cameras are coming


The angry dad of an Arrowtown musician bashed in Queenstown last weekend is impressed with downtown surveillance camera plans. 

Tony Ross’s son Sam, 31, had his jaw broken in two places in an allegedly unprovoked attack by four Invercargill youths at about 2am last Saturday. His injuries required a four-and-a-half hour operation at Dunedin Hospital. 

Tony met with Queenstown mayor Clive Geddes yesterday and says he’s “pleasantly surprised” to learn the council hopes to roll out a $300,000 system in the next three to five years. 

Since the attack Tony says his phone’s run red-hot with people expressing concern about the lack of cameras downtown, after an earlier system fell into disuse. 

Geddes confims the camera plan and says he’s disturbed to learn Sam won’t snowboard or wakeboard again because he can’t afford another jaw injury. 

“If we’ve got people coming to Queenstown to deliberately look for fights and trouble, then as a community we’ve got to send out a really strong message – this will not be tolerated,” Geddes says.