Pe­ti­tion fails over tower rise

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

A PE­TI­TION against the ex­ten­sion of a North Perth phone tower did not stop City of Vin­cent coun­cil­lors from ap­prov­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The pe­ti­tion with 45 sig­na­tures from res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers was submitted just hours be­fore the May 29 coun­cil meet­ing and raised con­cerns about past ap­provals and po­ten­tial non­com­pli­ances, with nine ques­tions di­rected at City staff.

The tower was in­stalled on Blake Street in 1995.

The coun­cil ap­proved a 3.46m ex­ten­sion that would take its height from 24.5m to 27.96m, the re­moval of ex­ist­ing equip­ment at the 14m point, re­place­ment of tri­an­gu­lar head­frame and in­stal­la­tion of ra­tio units, an­ten­nas and ca­bles.

Only Mayor Emma Cole and coun­cil­lor Joanne Fo­takis voted against the mo­tion af­ter it was sug­gested the de­ci­sion be de­ferred and not put for­ward for a vote.

Ms Cole said the pe­ti­tion in­di­cated a lack of un­der­stand­ing within the com­mu­nity about the his­tory of the tower.

Deputy Mayor Su­san Gon­taszewski said the re­moval of some of the in­fra­struc­ture would make it “less clut­tered”.

Changes to the tower would en­sure “com­mu­ni­ca­tions cov­er­age is main­tained with­out the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­di­tional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity within the lo­cal­ity”.

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