Council rejects phone tower

Sydney’s Warringah Council has rejected an offer of half a million dollars to allow construction of a mobile phone base station on the roof of its civic centre.

The proponent, Ozitel, has offered to rent the roof space to accommodate the facility, for $25, 000 per year for ten years with an option to renew for another ten. Councillor Peter Forrest argued in council that accepting the facility could lead to health problems in the local community and make council liable for litigation in the future. “The Federal Government receives millions of dollars from carriers’ licences and has a strong interest in the proliferation of this industry,” he said.

(Manly Daily, 15.12.00.)

EMRAA News June 2001, Vol 6 No 2