City of Swan still weighing up 51m Optus phone tower in Bullsbrook

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THE City of Swan deferred making a decision at Wednesday’s council meeting on whether to approve an application from Optus for a 51m phone tower to be constructed in Bullsbrook.

It came just days after the State Administrative Tribunal overruled the City’s decision to reject a previous proposal by Optus for a phone tower in the town, which was first before council in February.

The proposed towers are about 15km from one another, with the Sawpit Road site of the most recent application within 15km of the RAAF Base Pearce.

Under Defence Regulations, structures within this proximity and higher than 45m have to be approved under the Defence Regulations.

Optus’ proposal identified significant demand for coverage by users in and around northern Vines and southern Bullsbrook, in particularly the railway line and Railway Parade.

It also said that the future Northlink Road would create additional demands for the network in this area, which is why the height and location of the proposal are required to achieve those coverage needs.