Tower raises ire at meet­ing

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THE City of Rock­ing­ham held its first meet­ing of 2018 last Tues­day to a near-packed gallery of mainly an­gry Se­cret Har­bour res­i­dents.

The group of res­i­dents were an­gry after the coun­cil re­versed its de­ci­sion to re­ject a 25m mo­bile phone tower from Tel­stra pro­posed to be built at the Se­cret Har­bour Shop­ping Cen­tre.

After Rock­ing­ham coun­cil­lors re­jected a com­mit­tee re­port on Tel­stra’s devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the tower, the cor­po­ra­tion has since ap­pealed Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion by lodg­ing a re­view ap­pli­ca­tion of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion with the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

The mat­ter was con­sid­ered by SAT at a di­rec­tions hear­ing held on De­cem­ber 15, 2017 and or­dered the coun­cil to re­con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion.

A me­di­a­tion meet­ing has been or­gan­ised by SAT for both par­ties to at­tend on Fe­bru­ary 1.

With it up for re­con­sid­er­a­tion, Deputy Mayor Deb Ham­blin lodged an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion that Coun­cil refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion for Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions In­fra­struc­ture (Mo­bile Tele­phone) on Lot 7001 Se­cret Har­bour Boule­vard, Se­cret Har­bour and cited her rea­sons.

“It will cre­ate a sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse im­pact on vis­ual amenity and any ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity from the tower does not out­weigh that vis­ual amenity,” Cr Ham­blin said.

“I base my re­fusal on a le­git­i­mate plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tion; I would love to talk about ra­di­a­tion and health con­cerns but I can’t use that le­git­i­mately.

“Busi­nesses have also had con­cerns with safety and work­ing heights and Wool­worths have also put in con­cerns.

“I think we should have two coun­cil­lors at this me­di­a­tion who are sup­port­ive of the re­jec­tion.”

Cr Leigh Li­ley said Tel­stra’s re­quest for a re­view was mo­ti­vated by profit.

“We are talk­ing about a multi­bil­lion dol­lar in­dus­try – I don’t care what any­one says: it is about the mighty dol­lar,” she said.

“So in the ab­sence of ad­verse sci­en­tific findings, I think we should err on the side of cau­tion.”

Cr Joy Ste­wart said while it was ac­cepted there was a need for the tower, no-one wanted them near shops, schools or hos­pi­tals.

Cr Lee Down­ham also said there were vi­able al­ter­na­tives and it af­fected peo­ple’s lives.

The al­ter­na­tive mo­tion was passed 6-3, with Coun­cil re­solv­ing to send Comet Bay coun­cil­lor Mark Jones and Deputy Mayor Deb Ham­blin to the me­di­a­tion meet­ing.

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