Telecomms tower rejected over radiation concerns

Stock image.
Stock image.

A PROPOSED 4G tower in Lathlain has been denied approval after residents voiced their concerns on radiation exposure and visual impact on the surroundings.

The 15-metre telecommunications tower at 156 Orrong Road was planned to enhance Telstra’s 4G wireless network and as a platform for future 5G services.

Residents surrounding the proposed location were against the potential radiation exposure and 5G technology near their living space, although some residents welcomed the faster internet connection at the Town of Victoria Park council meeting last night.

Town of Victoria Park.

Lathlain GP Chris Chang compared the dangers with smoking, which was not considered dangerous 40 years ago.

“Even though they say it’s safe now, doesn’t mean it’s safe in the future,” he said.

Cr Ronhhda Potter said she didn’t want the residents to end up with something on their doorstep what she wouldn’t want on hers.

“This area within itself is an area that needs some beautifying and I don’t think it needs the addition of an unsightly structure,” she said.

“Many people are busy with their own life … but it doesn’t mean they are not interested.”

The proposed telecommunications tower was refused citing health and environmental issues arising from 5G technology. Picture: Stock image

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he supported the application and reminded the public gallery the applicant could appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal for refusal.

“I accept the concerns of residents and safety issues but a lot of those concerns have been addressed by other people who said it is safe,” he said.

The item was lost 6-2, citing reasons of environmental and health impacts arising from the insufficient information on the technology of the tower and the adverse visual impact on the surrounding locality.

A 2008 application for a 15-metre pole in the same location was refused by the council in 2009.

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