THE Shire of Mundaring has granted planning approval for a National Broadband Network telecommunications tower in Wooroloo.
The tower is one of five separate applications for NBN installations in Parkerville, Chidlow, Stoneville, and Wooroloo.
Councillors conducted a site tour of the proposed 55m tower on Monday and later presented questions to NBN representatives at the Tuesday night Council meeting.
Councillor Doug Jeans asked why the tower needed to be 55m in height when the conditionally approved tower in Parkerville was only 40m high.
NBN representative Graham Mason said the tower needed to be that high to provide a line of sight to all premises in its vicinity.
“We don’t make them higher than what is required,” he said.
“It’s what’s needed to deliver the expected level of service.”
Quoting the Council report, Deputy President Cr Lynn Fisher said the cleared area was not currently used by the community and that the Shire had no future plans to develop.
“Council need to balance the Wooroloo community’s need for good digital connectivity with the need for additional recreational facilities perhaps 20 years in the future,” she said.
“The officer’s report addresses this planning concern by stating that the tower is to be placed at the edge of any future oval or other recreational facility.”
The application was advertised for public comment but no submissions were received.
Cr Darrell Jones said the community were expecting the NBN and if no submissions against the tower were received then he would not reject the proposal.
By Claire Ottaviano