Telecommunications tower proposal a tall order

An application has been made by Visionstream, on behalf of Optus and Vodaphone, to install a new telecommunications tower to improve mobile coverage and meet the increasing demand for data.

Jubilee Reserve, Mary Crescent Reserve and a former service station site on Morley Drive have been earmarked as potential sites for the new tower, but the suggested sites have been met with resistance from councillors and members of the community.

A proposal for a tower at Mary Crescent Reserve was already rejected in January 2010 after community members rejected the idea.

Councillor Jennie Carter expressed her concerns with the sites earmarked during the March 24 council meeting.

�There is strong indigenous significance at Mary Crescent Reserve,� she said.

Cr Carter also had issue with the fact that no other sites had been looked into as a possibility.

Mayor John Gangell concurred that the sites suggested were not appropriate.

�This is not supported by the community,� he said.

�I also have a concern with the height of the tower.�

Councillors favoured a suggestion made by a member of the public ahead of the meeting to look into camouflaging the tower as a palm tree.

A motion was moved, and carried, to investigate alternative sites during discussions between the Town and Visonstream.

Only councillor Anne Brinkworth voted against the motion.