Council has been approached by Telstra and their project partners requesting the use of Grange Recreation Reserve for the purposes of constructing and operating a 5G telecommunication tower and ancillary infrastructure under leasing arrangements for a period of twenty (20) years.
For Council to consider whether such use would be appropriate a public consultation process to gather community views and feedback is necessary to inform their decision making about this proposal. We seek your feedback on the use of the Reserve generally for the purposes of a telecommunications tower, requiring specific amendments to the Community Land Management Plan.
Council maintains a Telecommunications and Electricity Infrastructure on Council Land Policy. Staff have investigated the Telstra request and find it does fit within the criteria required for public consideration - that they have been unable to find another suitable location; and that they are unable to co-locate with another telecommunications provider. A consultation process is being undertaken on the proposal pursuant to the Telecommunications and Electricity Infrastructure on Council Land Policy.
Grange Recreation Reserve is defined as ‘community land’ by the Local Government Act 1999 (LG Act). In accordance with the LG Act Council maintains a Management Plan for the Reserve that determines how the Reserve can be developed and used, and whether a lease to occupy any part of the Reserve can be issued to a commercial operator. The current Management Plan does not support the Telstra proposal and as such the Management Plan must be amended if this request is to be accommodated by Council. The consultation process is being undertaken on the proposed amendments pursuant to section 198(2) of the LG Act.
The consultation feedback we receive will be used to ensure Council decision making duly considers the community’s view to the proposals.
A report was presented to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 20 September, 2021 and endorsed by Council on Monday 27 September 2021. The full report can be viewed on Council’s website Asset Management Committee.
Consultation commences on Thursday 7 October 2021 and closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 28 October 2021.
The results of this consultation and your feedback will be reported to Council providing them with the information and detail required to make an informed decision relating to the Telstra proposal.
Timeline item 1 - active
Public consultation open 7/10/21 - 28/10/21
Timeline item 2 - incomplete
We are reviewing all feedback received from the community
Timeline item 3 - incomplete
Report to Asset Management Committee
Consultation Outcomes and report to Asset Management Committee on Monday 15 November 2021
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
Final outcomes and community mailout.