Signalling their intent
BAD RECEPTION FOR PHONE TOWER PLAN
KENSINGTON residents are campaigning to keep the green open space of their local park following a proposal of a mobile phone tower they believe will hurt their neighbourhood.
Optus wants a 16.5m high mobile phone base station to be built at Moresby Street Reserve. Residents sent a petition to the City of South Perth with 181 signatures calling for an alternative location.
The council is set to decide tonight whether to approve the tower. A City officer has recommended the proposal be resfused.
Among the people against the proposal is Phillip Martinz, who lives on Douglas Avenue and owns hairdresser This Above All on Moresby Street.
“My concern is about why they need it here and the fact it's so close to residential homes,” Mr Martinz said.
“There is the Technology Park not far away; it would seem like a better location to have it there.”
Douglas Avenue resident Sonia Smilley said Moresby Street Reserve was noy the right place for the development.
“This is a park for children, that was gifted to the City for recreation,” she said.
“I'm pleased that the City's officer is recommending refusal but I'm concerned that if the City knocks it back then they will appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal.”
Solutions senior planner Scott Vincent spoke at the council's agenda briefing session on July 18 on behalf of Optus and Service Stream Mobile Communications.
He said the tower would correct a shortfall in data coverage in the area and there were no other suitable locations for it.
Moresby Street Reserve contains a Scouts hall and a children's playground.
Residents gather at Moresby Street Reserve to show their anger towards the mobile phone tower proposal.