Mobile tower a concern

Connolly resident Douglas Martin told last week’s briefing session that the applicant, Urbis Pty Ltd on behalf of Telstra, should find a better site.

The applicant wants planning approval for a concrete tower, including six antennas, on service-industrial land within 500m of Connolly Primary School and Lake Joondalup Baptist College.

Council officers are recommending the council, which meets tonight, give planning approval for two years subject to conditions.

However, in his deputation Mr Martin asked councillors to ‘seriously think of rejecting the proposal’.

The grandfather said the council had surveyed properties within 400m of the site but most were business park owners, not householders.

‘The two schools have not been allowed to say anything because they are a few metres outside the area which, I think, is incorrect,’ he said.

‘Pick a better position away from the schools.’

Mr Martin said the wider community should have a say.

‘Let the schools’ P and C have a say and see if they are all happy,’ he said. ‘If they are, I will take the back seat but if not, then the council should look at this. Err on the side of caution.’

In response to councillors’ questions, planning and community development director Dale Page said the schools fell outside the 400m radius for advertising.

‘Connolly primary was 425m (away) and 430m to the nearest building,’ she said.

In her report, Ms Page said the council, in response to advertising, received 12 objections concerned about electromagnetic energy (EME), appearance and effect on property prices.

She said the tower, which would replace a 9.9m pole and five antennas on top of a showroom-warehouse, was 200m from the nearest houses and adjacent to Mitchell Freeway.

‘EME is controlled and regulated by separate federal government legislation,’ Ms Page said.