Sig­nalling their in­tent

BAD RE­CEP­TION FOR PHONE TOWER PLAN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

Picture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471694

Res­i­dents gather at Moresby Street Re­serve to show their anger towards the mo­bile phone tower pro­posal.

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