City of Swan puts telco tower on hold

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A PROPOSAL to build a telecommunications tower in Millendon has been deferred for further consideration after the City of Swan Council deemed there needed to be more investigation into the proposed site.

Councillor Darryl Trease put forward a motion to defer the item, which is proposed for Hardwick Road, so the council could meet with NBN representatives to explore the option to co-locate the proposed facility at other existing sites.

Cr Trease said he was concerned about the impact the 40m tower would have on nearby residents.

“The concerns I had was the immediate impact it would have on Mr Hughes next door,” he said.

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“If we can find another location for NBN and Aurecom that doesn’t impact residents in the area, then that would be preferable.”

Millendon resident David Hughes, who has lived on his property for 40 years, said the proposal would directly affect his property and possibly his health.

He said he was happy with the decision to defer. “I think the council is probably going to pursue the idea to co-locate on the |existing tower on Weir Road,” he said.

“I’m really happy that this has been deferred. The longer we have to fight it, the better chance we have to stop it.”

Council will consider the item at the April 12 Council meeting.