A NEW network of 20 CCTV cameras planned for Kiama's central business district is due to be in place by September.
In March, a Kiama Council survey found 72 per cent of the Kiama community supported the installation of CCTV.
The federal government has promised $150,000 for the network, along with $50,000 from the state government and $80,000 from the council.
The council proposed the system to deter criminal behaviour.
Kiama Council community and cultural development manager Nick Guggisberg said the council did not want the cameras to detract from the streetscape, but that the cameras were needed as a deterrent.
The cameras, which will have footage broadcast live through to the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command, will be installed along sections of Manning Street, Terralong Street and Railway Parade.
Mr Guggisberg said the cameras would be linked to the council's Wide Area Network (WAN), which was being installed.
The fibre network will connect council properties in central Kiama, including the council administration building, The Pavilion, the works depot in Belvedere Street, the library, the youth centre and the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre.
It is hoped the new WAN will lead to the creation of a free Wi-Fi network in Kiama's CBD, linked to the National Broadband Network.
The council is investigating the styles of poles and cameras used in other places, including heritage areas such as the City of Westminster, in London.