NBN TOWER IN MILLENDON RE­FUSED:

COUN­CIL­LORS SAY HARD­WICK ROAD THE WRONG SPOT

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE City of Swan has re­fused an ap­pli­ca­tion for an NBN tower to be built on Hard­wick Road in Millendon.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, which was de­ferred by Coun­cil last month, had 12 out of 13 sub­mis­sions ob­ject­ing to the 40m-high tower.

Coun­cil­lor Dar­ryl Trease put for­ward a mo­tion at Wed­nes­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing that Coun­cil refuse the tower at the site, due to con­cerns over the ad­verse im­pact on visual amenity and was in­con­sis­tent with the City’s plan­ning pol­icy and the State plan­ning pol­icy.

Cr Trease said he un­der­stood telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tow­ers were “a nec­es­sary evil”, but thought this tower could be bet­ter located.

He said the pro­posal would also di­rectly im­pact res­i­dent David Hughes and his plans to build his “dream home”.

“It’s not fair and there are other op­tions avail­able,” he said.

“I don’t think any­one is saying we don’t want the tower; we are just saying we don’t want them in pris­tine ar­eas.”

Cr Rod Hen­der­son sup­ported the mo­tion and said the ap­pli­ca­tion did not stack up and should be re­fused.

Cr David Fardig said the tower was needed to im­prove cov­er­age in the area and en­cour­aged coun­cilors to vote against the mo­tion. The mo­tion was even­tu­ally car­ried 11-2.

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