City re­jects plan for park tower

Wanneroo Weekender - - Training & Education - Tyler Brown

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.

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