Council call on tower
THE City of Canning has approved an application for a telecommunications tower on Dumond Street in Bentley.
The council voted unanimously to approve the 40m monopole tower, which will be in the northwest corner of the Bentley 360 regeneration project area.
It was recommended the application be approved by council subject to a number of conditions, including a removal date no later than 10 years from the development approval.
The decision will pave the way for the demolition of Brownlie Towers and the site’s ultimate redevelopment.
The City received a total of 22 submissions during the public consultation stage, 12 of which objected to the application.
The concerns mainly regarded the potential impact on visual amenity and the close proximity of the development to residents.
However, Cr Lindsay Holland said the tower would have a positive effect on the local area.
“The location has been thoroughly researched by the boffins, as well as environmentally,” he said.
“Some people may say ‘it’s not the best looking thing in the world’ but what is it replacing? A great big tower which is demonstrably worse.”
His thoughts were echoed by Cr Jesse Jacobs, who said the temporary measure needed to be done.
“I don’t see any way we can progress our commitments with the State Government if we don’t do this,” he said.
Cr Jacobs said three mobile carriers agreeing to put their infrastructure on the same tower was a bonus and meant that there would not be a need for multiple towers.