City sup­ports tower de­spite lo­cal anger

Mandurah Coastal Times - - STREET WATCH -

THE City of Man­durah is sup­port­ing a pro­posed telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower at Herron, de­spite op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents.

The 71.5m tower would be set in a 300sq m fenced com­pound and re­place a 50.2m tower on Mount John Road, which would be de­com­mis­sioned.

The City was told a 35m Tel­stra tower on Dunkeld Drive was not high enough to pro­vide com­pa­ra­ble net­work cov­er­age.

Eigh­teen sub­mis­sions on the pro­posal were re­ceived, with the main con­cerns in­clud­ing loss of vis­ual amenity and the ef­fect on health and en­vi­ron­men­tal, con­ser­va­tion and prop­erty val­ues.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the tower would af­fect the vis­ual amenity but this had to be weighed against the over­all ben­e­fits of the tower to the wider com­mu­nity.

Al­though the up­per por­tion would be vis­i­ble to mo­torists on Old Coast Road, the brief view of the tower, given the speed limit, was not con­sid­ered to af­fect the view.

The coun­cil said the big­gest im­pact would be on ad­join­ing prop­er­ties, al­though veg­e­ta­tion would ob­scure the base of the tower.

But it con­sid­ered the ben­e­fits of in­creased telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly for res­i­dents and emer­gency ser­vices, out­weighed its vis­ual im­pact.

Res­i­dents told the coun­cil they were con­cerned about prop­erty val­ues and the vis­ual im­pact of the tower when viewed from Abo­rig­i­nal and com­mu­nity her­itage sites and its un­known health risks.

There was also con­cern about the clear­ing of nat­u­ral flora and fauna, the im­pact on mi­grat­ing birds and that the site had not been for­mally as­sessed for its bio­di­ver­sity value.

Cr Lynn Rogers said lots of tower pro­pos­als came be­fore the coun­cil but it had lit­tle or no say.

She said she felt sorry for res­i­dents and sug­gested they ap­proach Dawesville MLA Kim Hames for help.

This communications tower on Mount John Road will be re­placed.

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