Inglewood resident campaigning to have phone tower moved

Inglewood resident Damien Giudici near the mobile phone tower which has been earmarked for an upgrade. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Inglewood resident Damien Giudici near the mobile phone tower which has been earmarked for an upgrade. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

AN Inglewood resident is campaigning to have a telephone tower relocated.

Feedback is being sought by the City of Stirling on an application from Telstra to replace a 27m phone tower with a 30m monopole with six antennas and three remote radio units.

The existing tower is on Hamer Parade adjacent to the Inglewood Soccer Club.

Damien Giudici, who has posted signs around the site calling for a new location, proposed an alternate location not far from the existing one.

“The existing tower is close to houses, the City’s Heritage Protection Area and the soccer club,” he said.

“I would like to see it moved about 100m away so it is behind the soccer club on the other side.”

Mr Giudici said he was concerned the applicant did not supply supporting information to justify reasons for the location, as well as the aesthetics of the tower and equipment sheds.

He said it would be “remiss” to support a new tower after public resistance to a new tower at Wellington Village Shopping Centre and another at Crimea Reserve.

The City of Bayswater refused an application for the Crimea Reserve tower in 2016 but it was approved by the State Administrative Tribunal.

City of Stirling Director of Infrastructure Michael Littleton said the City was enquiring to establish the date the current tower was installed.

He said the City did not have an agreement with Telstra for the current tower, but a lease and fees would be considered, subject to approval of the monopole.

The City will compile the feedback and submit it to the Western Australian Planning Commission which will decide on the application because the proposed development is on land reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for Parks and Recreation Restricted.

Submissions close May 11.

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