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Tenders have gone out for a long-awaited crime-busting security camera network in the Queenstown CBD. 

Following several unprovoked bashings in the area – including a taxi-rank manslaughter last November – the police and other parties including the Chamber of Commerce lobbied for a CCTV system, as commonly found in other centres. 

In response, Queenstown Lakes District Council set aside $200,000 this financial year, to be split between a CCTV system and lighting improvements. QLDC is requesting proposals by November 26 to supply, install and commission a wireless system. 

Images would be monitored and recorded at the police station but options for mobile viewing like an iPad are also called for. 

The tender notice shows 14 possible camera sites. It’s likely the rollout of cameras would be staggered over time depending on “the success or otherwise of the system and availability of funding”.