City blocks phone tow­ers

THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER YET THOUGH

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

CITY of Swan coun­cil re­fused to ap­prove two telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tow­ers pro­posed for the Swan Val­ley af­ter sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity con­cern.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted against the two tow­ers – one an Op­tus tower planned for Mid­dle Swan and the other an NBN tower in Mil­len­don.

Cr Dar­ryl Trease put for­ward a mo­tion to refuse the tower on Hard­wick Road in Mil­len­don on Wednesday night at the ordinary coun­cil meet­ing.

He said the tower would have an ad­verse im­pact on nearby res­i­dents.

“Es­sen­tially, I’m sup­port­ing the res­i­dents. These tow­ers are quite in­tru­sive and I’m sick and tired of NBN putting tow­ers wher­ever they like and hav­ing no re­gard for the im­pact on res­i­dents,” he said.

“I un­der­stand there is a need for these tow­ers, but I think more thought needs to go into where they go, so they are less in­tru­sive to res­i­dents.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion for the NBN tower in Mil­len­don will now go to a hear­ing at the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) in Novem­ber.

Res­i­dent David Hughes, who has been bat­tling the Mil­len­don tower for more than a year, said he was happy to have the coun­cil’s sup­port.

“It’s the right end­ing to a hard­fought bat­tle, but it’s nowhere near fin­ished yet,” he said.

“It’s nice to have the coun­cil’s sup­port, but we will see what hap­pens at the SAT hear­ing.

“For me, it’s still an on­go­ing bat­tle that I have ahead of me.”

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