Phone tower to be built near wind­farm

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Af­ter be­ing in limbo for more than a year, the Ocean Beach mo­bile phone tower de­vel­op­ment is now on track.

As re­ported by the Albany Advertiser in May, the Ocean beach base sta­tion de­vel­op­ment came to a halt last De­cem­ber as Tel­stra en­coun­tered dif­fi­cul­ties in find­ing suit­able lo­ca­tions for the tower.

The Shire of Denmark and the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion re­jected Tel­stra’s two pro­posed lo­ca­tions, while sev­eral op­tions were re­jected by pri­vate land­hold­ers and State Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment.

Since then, a new, ap­proved lo­ca­tion has been found near Denmark Com­mu­nity Wind­farm.

Mem­ber for O’Connor Rick Wil­son said he was pleased a so­lu­tion has been found for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram at Ocean Beach.

“When is­sues arose with the tower at Ocean Beach I was con­tacted by many con­cerned residents, emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers and other stake­hold­ers who need a re­li­able sig­nal to op­er­ate,” he said.

“It’s been a 12-month cam­paign with many peo­ple in­volved, but I am very pleased to fi­nally see a re­sult.”

The new base sta­tion will pro­vide bet­ter mo­bile cov­er­age to Ocean Beach black-spot lo­ca­tions as well as the pop­u­lar Wil­liam Bay tourist area.

Pic­ture: Laurie Ben­son

Denmark's Ocean Beach is on track for bet­ter phone cover a ge.

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