THE last of five applications for NBN communications towers in the Shire of Mundaring was approved at this month’s council meeting.
The 40m tower on a 30-hectare property on Sertorio Road, Chidlow completes the set of previously approved towers in Stoneville, Parkerville and Wooroloo (2).
Four letters were sent to landowners within 300m of the proposed installation along with a sign on site and advertising in local newspapers.
A total of two submissions were received.
One supportive submission was received from a nearby family with no internet access and one objection was received from a family more than 500m east of the proposed installation.
Their concerns included health and the devaluation of their property.
Councillor Stephen Fox noted the submissions and also that the proposed site was located on the boundary of the Shire and the City of Swan.
“Despite that, geographically it’s an excellent location for such a tower with an absolute minimum impact on people living in the area,” he said.
“The benefit in communications is enormous.”
Councillors Doug Jeans, Cr James Martin and Cr Jason Russell voiced their objections on the grounds the height of the tower did not meet the requirements of the local planning scheme before voting against.
Shire president John Daw noted the submission notice could have been advertised better.
The council report recommended approval because the proposal was not considered visually obtrusive and fulfilled a broader community desire for improved digital connectivity.
The applicant is also required to submit a landscape plan to identify the retention of any native vegetation, fencing for livestock and weed control before applying for a building permit.
By Claire Ottaviano