Knock­back for tower

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

A GROUP of Kens­ing­ton res­i­dents are happy but cau­tious af­ter the City of South Perth knocked back a pro­posed mo­bile tower at their lo­cal park.

A GROUP of Kens­ing­ton res­i­dents are happy but cau­tious af­ter the City of South Perth knocked back a pro­posed phone tower at their lo­cal park.

Op­tus pro­posed to have the mo­bile phone base sta­tion, which would have had a height of 16.5m, built at Moresby Street Re­serve but the coun­cil voted against it on July 25.

Among the rea­sons for knock­ing it back was that it did not con­form to the pur­pose of the lo­cal scheme re­serve as the pro­posal was “not con­sid­ered to be pro­vided pri­mar­ily to fa­cil­i­tate the use of Moresby Street Re­serve for park and recre­ational pur­pose”.

Another rea­son was that the pro­posal was less than 300m from the near­est res­i­den­tial build­ing.

Douglas Av­enue res­i­dent So­nia Smil­ley said she was pleased with the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

“A lot of com­mu­nity mem­bers showed they were con­cerned and word spread quickly among res­i­dents about the pro­posal,” she said.

“I think coun­cil lis­tened to the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity and this ac­tu­ally brought peo­ple to­gether.

“We are con­cerned about Op­tus ap­peal­ing to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) though.”

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion fol­lowed a pe­ti­tion that was pre­sented at the June coun­cil meet­ing, which in­cluded 181 sig­na­tures. So­lu­tions se­nior plan­ner Scott Vincent, who spoke for Op­tus and Ser­vice Stream Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said there were no other suit­able lo­ca­tions for it.

Moresby Re­serve.

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