Dodgy business: The story of one phone tower and Glenorchy City Council

Dodgy business: The story of one phone tower and Glenorchy City Council

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, and Glenorchy City Council Alderman Kristie Johnston called on the State Government to intervene in the controversial Claremont mobile phone tower proposal.

Mr Wilkie and Alderman Johnston have written to Local Government Minister Bryan Green expressing concern that the Council has failed to comply with s178 of the Local Government Act as it progresses the controversial project.

The Council did appear to comply with the Act when considering the original proposed location. But the location has been significantly changed and this should have been treated as a new proposal warranting a new round of public consultation. The Council is not doing so which is in direct contravention of the Act.

“If the Council wants to disregard the concerns of local residents and instead do a dirty deal with Telstra so be it. But the law’s the law and it must be respected.

“Glenorchy City Council is required to undertake the full approval process from scratch and it defies belief that the Council thinks it has the power to do otherwise.

“It appears the Council is more interested in pocketing the $10,000 annual leasing fee than doing the right thing by local residents.

“The Minister really does need to intervene in this matter to ensure the law is upheld. I urge him to act quickly to get the Council back on track and bring certainty for all concerned.”

Skills

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February 19, 2013

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