Dianella phone tower approved despite council refusal

Dianella Plaza. Pic: Facebook
Dianella Plaza. Pic: Facebook

AN Optus phone tower in Dianella has been approved despite the City of Stirling’s opposition.

The State Administrative Tribunal considered the proposal for an 18.5m monopole supporting a 3m high shroud covering panel antennas and ancillary facilities at a Dianella Plaza Shopping Centre carpark on Grand Promenade on May 24.

It is located 35m away from the former Dianella Hotel site, 140m away from Dianella Library.

Optus requested the tribunal review the City of Stirling’s refusals in April and August 2018.

The City said the proposal was inconsistent with state and local planning policies because the infrastructure would compromise landscape values, would not be sympathetic to surrounding landscapes and would be incompatible with the surrounding residential zoned land.

The City also stated it considered the phone tower would have an undue impact on the amenity of the area.

A petition with 149 signatures against the proposal was presented to the City in 2018.

However, the tribunal said in its decision that the tower was needed for effective telecommunications services to the community within the Dianella south area and the wider public.