New tower opposed in Shire of Kalamunda

The No To Tower group, which opposes the new tower, will lodge a formal complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The application is for Lot 622 Ledger Road, Gooseberry Hill.

“We are seeking assistance on the fact that phone carriers continue to manipulate the codes intended to supplement community consultation and transparency,” group spokeswoman Emma Kallarn said.

In correspondence to the No To Tower group, Optus said it saw little value in seeking comment on possible location sites unless detailed investigations had been completed.

“These investigations include considering the technical, engineering, environmental, regulatory, operational, commercial and legal issues that determine whether a specific location is suitable,” Optus said.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said the Shire had little power to oppose the development application.

“It (our decision) can be overruled since the State Government changed the legislation surrounding the regulations if the application is on Crown land,” he said.

The legislation was changed in late 2015.

The No To Tower group was also concerned an advertisement to upgrade the Walliston base station was printed on grainy paper and hard to read.

“We are concerned that this print was distinctly different print to all other notices and advertisements, which appears to be another attempt to avoid community consultation,” Ms Kallarn said.

Anyone who wants to write a submission about the upgrade to the Godfrey Street Tower must write to Visionstream Pty Ltd, 202 Pier Street, Perth WA, 6000, by 5pm Monday, February 22.