Petition fails over tower rise
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”.