Mediation process ends with good result

A permit application was made to the Burnie City Council by Telstra earlier this year for the installation of a telecommunications facility to be located on the Ridgley Highway.

This permit application was publicly advertised in February, in which six representations from community members were received. The Council initially refused this permit.

Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said, “The community members were concerned about the possible health effects the tower may have on nearby residents, the devaluation of property and the aesthetics.

“Council rejected the application from Telstra. However, Telstra appealed the decision to the Resource Planning and Appeals Tribunal.

“Since then, Council has been through a mediation process with the Resource Planning and Appeals Tribunal and Telstra. This process has now led to an agreement being signed by Telstra, Council and the tribunal, for Telstra to proceed. Council is happy with the negotiated outcome.

“The tower will still be built in this area, however the location has been negotiated, taking into account the issues raised by nearby residents.”

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728