Monopole proves a hit

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

A MONOPOLE on a golf course could im­prove mo­bile phone re­cep­tion in Car­ra­mar and sur­round­ing sub­urbs.

Wan­neroo Coun­cil ap­proved Aure­con’s ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Tel­stra for a 30m monopole in Car­ra­mar Golf Course, near Tran­quil Drive, at its July meet­ing.

A re­port to the coun­cil had rec­om­mended it be re­fused given the site was in a parks and recre­ation zone.

The plan was orig­i­nally pre­sented at the June coun­cil meet­ing but re­ferred back af­ter Aure­con’s Joel Ga­jic high­lighted the ben­e­fits of the site, in­clud­ing that it was not near houses or sen­si­tive land uses.

At the time, coun­cil­lor Paul Miles asked whether al­ter­na­tive sites could be con­sid­ered, as parts of Car­ra­mar and Banksia Grove were in “huge black holes for mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions”.

City of Wan­neroo ap­proval ser­vices man­ager Pas Bra­cone pre­sented the re­vised re­port at the July brief­ing ses­sion and said the vis­ual im­pact of the monopole would not be a big con­cern but staff still rec­om­mended re­fusal.

“They are propos­ing to utilise an area where it’s clear and there’s al­ready a track in place,” he said.

“It’s not con­sis­tent with the parks and recre­ation of the golf course.”

Cr Brett Treby said hav­ing a phone tower in the mid­dle of a golf course would not de­tract from the lo­cal area.

Asked whether other providers would “piggy back” on the tower, Mr Bra­cone said the monopole could ac­com­mo­date more than one provider’s equip­ment and most usu­ally had an­ten­nas for at least three providers.

“As de­mand grows, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions providers will need to pro­vide more equip­ment,” he said.

Af­ter the rec­om­men­da­tion to refuse the plan lapsed at the July 26 meet­ing, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to ap­prove the monopole.

Cr Sa­man­tha Fenn said there had been many com­plaints about the level of re­cep­tion in re­cent years and the monopole would sup­port telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions needs as the Neer­abup in­dus­trial area de­vel­oped.

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