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Work has started on the Optus mobile tower at Lot 600 Crestmoor Pass in Bullsbrook.

Crestmoor Pass tower goes up

THE new mobile tower Optus is building at Lot 600, Crestmoor Pass has angered nearby residents.

A spokeswoman for the concerned residents said 80 per cent of residents within a kilometre radius of the tower signed statements voicing their opposition to construction of the tower in that location.

They said the 43m tower, which is now under construction, would destroy the amenity of the area.

The spokeswoman said despite a State Administration Tribunal on-site mediation in May, 2016 where a crane demonstrated the potential visual impact of the tower and almost 100 witness statements from 67 properties opposed to the tower were presented to the tribunal the tribunal upheld an appeal lodged by Optus in March last year.

She said the tribunal upheld the appeal and granted development approval to Optus on the condition that there was no illumination on top of the tower.

Residents thought that would mean the tower would not be built because it would not comply with Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules.

“However, in May 2017 Optus contacted the City of Swan regarding modifying the existing building application to include a light on top of the tower,’’ she said.

“The City of Swan advised Optus they would have to submit a new application for review by the council.

“Our concern is that Optus in sheer arrogance have commenced building the structure without any such council review.’’

She said residents were under the impression that the council had no power to intervene until the tower was built and Optus attempted to put a red light on top.

“We are deeply concerned that at this point Optus will claim that, with such an investment already made, they must be granted retrospective approval and our rights will be gone.”

An Optus spokeswoman said the State Administrative Tribunal had approved the site and the City of Swan council had subsequently issued a building permit for the site which included a 10m setback on the site’s western boundary.

She said the mobile tower was needed to meet the growing demand for mobile services around the area.

“This will provide local Optus mobile customers with improved call quality and faster internet speeds,’’ she said.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said the mobile tower was not being built near a regulated civilian aerodrome.

“However, being near RAAF Pearce, it is a matter for the Department of Defence and the RAAF,’’ she said.

“Generally and away from a regulated aerodrome, where a tower is over 110m we would expect to see lights on it though.’’

The City of Swan said a building permit (that includes a setback 10m from the western boundary of the subject lot) was issued on March 10.

The Department of Defence has been contacted for comment.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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