Coun­cil call on tower

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith

THE City of Can­ning has ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion for a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower on Du­mond Street in Bent­ley.

The coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the 40m mono­pole tower, which will be in the north­west cor­ner of the Bent­ley 360 re­gen­er­a­tion project area.

It was rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be ap­proved by coun­cil sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a re­moval date no later than 10 years from the de­vel­op­ment ap­proval.

The de­ci­sion will pave the way for the de­mo­li­tion of Brown­lie Tow­ers and the site’s ul­ti­mate re­de­vel­op­ment.

The City re­ceived a to­tal of 22 sub­mis­sions dur­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion stage, 12 of which ob­jected to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The con­cerns mainly re­garded the po­ten­tial im­pact on vis­ual amenity and the close prox­im­ity of the de­vel­op­ment to res­i­dents.

How­ever, Cr Lind­say Hol­land said the tower would have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the lo­cal area.

“The lo­ca­tion has been thor­oughly re­searched by the boffins, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tally,” he said.

“Some peo­ple may say ‘it’s not the best look­ing thing in the world’ but what is it re­plac­ing? A great big tower which is demon­stra­bly worse.”

His thoughts were echoed by Cr Jesse Jacobs, who said the tem­po­rary mea­sure needed to be done.

“I don’t see any way we can progress our com­mit­ments with the State Govern­ment if we don’t do this,” he said.

Cr Jacobs said three mo­bile car­ri­ers agree­ing to put their in­fra­struc­ture on the same tower was a bonus and meant that there would not be a need for mul­ti­ple tow­ers.

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