Woollahra Municipal Council Case Study

Gap Park, Sydney NSW

Gap Park Stage 3 Case Study (107KB)

Gap Park or “The Gap” as it is commonly referred to, is located in Watsons Bay, New South Wales.

Gap Park is one of Sydney’s most popular points of interest, offering spectacular elevated views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and the Sydney CBD. It is equally popular with locals and the many tourists that visit Sydney each year.

Gap Park is a peninsula with towering cliffs on the ocean side of the park. Sadly, these have been favored for many years with persons wishing to commit suicide with numerous incidents occurring each year.

Matryx Consulting has been engaged by Woollahra Municipal Council to come up with a solution to assist in the early detection of persons wanting to commit suicide within Gap Park.

Our brief was to expand the existing CCTV system in a way that would not only provide greater coverage of the park, but also to incorporate a level of intelligence that would assist local Police in evaluating and responding to incidents more efficiently.

Rose Bay Police attend Gap Park several times each week investigating reports of incidents. This places an enormous strain on their available resources so it was clear from the outset that their requirements would have to be considered in any solution.

After several weeks of engagement with local council and Police, a design that included CCTV monitoring to be located within Rose Bay LAC, high‐resolution thermal cameras and video analytics was presented to all parties for consideration.

The proposed solution would allow detection and alarm generation of persons within restricted areas and provide Police with real‐time viewing capability of any incident. This will be invaluable in assisting with incident confirmation and response coordination.

The expanded CCTV system will also provide improved post‐incident data that will assist Police from an evidentiary and investigate perspective. It should also be invaluable in the planning of future suicide reduction strategies.

The project was completed in the first half of 2013.