City rejects plan for park tower
OPTUS has failed in its bid to install a telecommunications tower at Camberwarra Park in Craigie.
At last week’s meeting, Joondalup councillors unanimously refused the proposal for a galvanised monopole telecommunications tower to a maximum height of 31.75 metres with three antennas.
Councillors also rejected a ground equipment shelter located next to the tennis courts and toilet block and about 23m from the nearest residential property.
Works would also require the relocation of the tennis court lighting.
The proposal was advertised for public comment to 639 property owners within 400m of the site. The City received 49 submissions, of which 44 were objections, and a 145-signature petition, of which 136 were opposed.
At the council briefing, residents raised concerns over the visual impact and size of the tower, restricting children’s access to the playground, its proximity to Craigie Heights Primary School and electromagnetic emissions.
However, Planning Solutions business services manager Laurie Chantry, representing Optus, said there were more than 1400 dwellings and “an even greater number of users” in the Craigie and Padbury area that “do not have effective mobile phone and data download coverage that will directly benefit by this facility”.
The council document said the proposal did not “adequately meet the requirements” of City and State Government policies because of the “visual impact of the infrastructure upon the immediate locality”.
Optus will have the right to appeal the decision.
Hillarys MLA Peter Katsambanis discusses the issue with petitioner Paul Roberts and other residents.