Crimea river: residents unhappy with mobile phone tower proposal for Morley reserve

Amber-Jade Sanderson and Joy Nichols with fellow residents. They are protesting against a proposed telecommunication tower at Crimea Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Amber-Jade Sanderson and Joy Nichols with fellow residents. They are protesting against a proposed telecommunication tower at Crimea Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A GROUP of Morley residents have banded together to protest against a proposed mobile phone base station at Crimea Reserve.

A 200-strong petition has called on the City of Bayswater council to knock back Vodafone’s proposal because it would have a “negative impact on the community and nearby amenities”.

The proposal includes installing a 20m monopole with six panel antennas attached and equipment shelter at ground level, close to the Morley Eagles Baseball Club clubrooms.

Morley resident Joy Nicols, who collected signatures, said there was a “strong feeling” among residents that they did not want the infrastructure built in the recreational park.

She said the tower would be “ugly” and was concerned about radiation emitted from the base station.

East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson acknowledged there were connectivity issues in the area but did not support the tower’s infringing on the park.

“The proposal would situate the tower in the middle of the reserve significantly altering the visual aspects and amenity of the reserve,” she said.

Ms Sanderson said the City’s telecommunication tower and associated activities policy encouraged telecommunication infrastructure to be located in a commercial or industrial zone.

She said it also stated infrastructure should not be within 250m of land zoned residential, but at Crimea Reserve there were houses 130m away.

Ms Sanderson has called on the applicant to explore other sites.

The application is set to be considered by Bayswater council this month.