Your View: Optus tower

IT appears the Copper Coast Council Development Plan, General Section, Telecommunications Facilities, is a directive of the Government of South Australia.

The Objectives and Principles of Development Control directives therein appear to address only the physical attributes of the subject facilities and not the functional attributes, nor any associated consequences arising from the facility operation.

Thus the television reception interference problems experienced by residents in the vicinity of the new Optus tower can and should not be entirely blamed on the local council, but shared with the state government.

Councils should not be expected to have the technical expertise at their disposal when considering the siting of such installations, but should be advised by any bodies wishing to introduce any new installations. Such advice should include any community effects that may result from the operations of that equipment.

 It should then be incumbent on the council to inform the local residents accordingly, via the local media if that is the most effective means.

In this case, better communications communication would have saved a lot of angst.

Bryan Newton, Moonta

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