Phone tower call reversed

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has overturned a Council decision to refuse the construction of a telecommunications facility in the middle of Ocean Grove.

Vodafone Hutchinson appealed the decision and has now been given the go ahead to construct a mobile telecommunications facility on The Parade.

The permit was issued for the land at part of 74-92 The Parade, Ocean Grove.

Earlier this year Council voted against the installation of the tower.

In his report, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal senior member Geoffrey Code said “there is a strong community need for telecommunications facilities”.

“After carrying out this balancing task, I find the proposal has a net community benefit and is an acceptable planning outcome,” Mr Code said.

“The proposal has a minimal impact, including visual impact, on the amenity of the area.

“The telecommunications facility occupies a small rectangular area (about 2.2 metres by about 7 metres) between car spaces next to a power pole and generally located behind a supermarket and hardware store.

“The facility will not result in the loss of any car spaces.”


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