Knockback for tower
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.