Res­i­dents fight to stop NBN tow­ers

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS in the Swan Val­ley are fight­ing plans to build two telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tow­ers.

City of Swan coun­cil­lors will vote tonight on two ap­pli­ca­tions – one for an Op­tus tower on Great North­ern High­way in Mid­dle Swan and an nbn tower on Hard­wick Road in Mil­len­don.

Mil­len­don res­i­dent David Hughes has spent more than a year fight­ing the nbn 30m tower, which would be in­stalled be­hind his prop­erty.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for the tower was re­fused ear­lier this year, but the de­ci­sion was ap­pealed in the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

Mr Hughes claimed in­for­ma­tion given by Nbn Co had been in­cor­rect and mis­lead­ing.

“We don’t want any tower – (it) will be bet­ter placed at the City of Swan tower on Weir Road, but they haven’t said why that op­tion won’t work.”

He said fight­ing the tower had caused him stress and had taken up much of his time.

“If it goes ahead, it’s go­ing to cause hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars worth of dam­age to my prop­erty, which I’ve had for 40 years. It isn’t fair they can do this.”

An Nbn Co spokes­woman said they were al­ways will­ing to work with the coun­cil and rel­e­vant com­mu­ni­ties to reach an out­come to de­liver broad­band to the re­gion.

“We al­ways con­sider op­tions to co-lo­cate our fa­cil­i­ties on ex­ist­ing tow­ers and there are many ex­am­ples within WA where we were able to do this and meet cov­er­age re­quire­ments,” she said.

“How­ever, in this in­stance, the ex­ist­ing tower on Weir Road wouldn’t meet cov­er­age re­quire­ments,” she said, adding that they had re­duced the height of the pro­posed tower from 40m to 30m.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d466571

David Hughes is fight­ing a plan to build a 30m nbn tower be­hind his prop­erty.

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