Tower gets coun­cil nod

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

A di­vi­sive Tel­stra phone tower in Deep­dene was ap­proved by a coun­cil ma­jor­ity last week.

Crs Pauline McLeod and Ju­lia Mel­drum voted against the item, which fol­lowed a de­bate ear­lier this month in which res­i­dents said the pro­posed tower would de­stroy prop­erty val­ues and pose health risks.

Coun­cil­lors vis­ited the site, with Cr Mel­drum not­ing she was “over­whelmed” at the beauty of the pro­posed lo­ca­tion.

The item was de­ferred amid con­cerns about the pro­lif­er­a­tion of phone tow­ers across the LeeuwinNat­u­ral is te Ridge.

Tel­stra con­sul­tant Martin Wit­tek said the tower was part of a State and Fed­eral black spot ini­tia­tive. He agreed to give $2000 to the Shire for plant­ing native veg­e­ta­tion to help screen the 70m mono­pole on Latch Road from the Wadandi Track.

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