Curly locals fight telco

Published:
01/09/2020


A similar telecommunications tower at Plateau Park, Collaroy Plateau 

North Curl Curl locals have come out in force to object to a proposal by Optus to build a large telecommunications facility in John Fisher Park.

The company has proposed installing a 25.7m high tower on the edge of the Abbotts Road sportsground to improve local network coverage. 

In over a hundred submissions online, residents have voiced their concerns at the potential impact the facility could have on the Curl Curl lagoon environment and playing fields.

Paula Cowan, president of Curl Curl Lagoon Friends, says the development may have implications for the health of the waterway, as the concrete structure will impact filtration via the riparian zone.

“The community has spent nearly 40 years rehabilitating it. Replanting the whole area. There’s trees there now, there’s native bushland, there’s parklands, all on something that was really ugly and unloved as an old tip,” she explains.

“So, even on an emotional level the thought of development coming back in is so disheartening for people and prior generations who spent their life looking after the area.”

Locals have also stated they are concerned by the proximity of the telecommunications tower to sports fields and community open space.

“Our family frequently visits this area to use in recreation and playing sport on the fields. We’re concerned about losing this space for recreation and the health impacts related to the proximity to playing fields,” wrote North Curl Curl local Laura Snyder in a submission to Council.

A response by Council’s Property and Commercial Development body confirms the proposed ground level development will be ‘very close’ to the baseball spectator area.

“…A proposed new pole of this height will likely attract other carriers in future to co-locate on the same pole and each other carrier will require similar equipment on ground within the Council managed Crown Reserve,” it says.

“This may lead to a situation where the pole and ground area become cluttered with equipment similar to the situation at Plateau Park Collaroy Plateau which has become a target for vandalism.”

The application is being assessed by an independent planner before it is referred to the Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel for determination.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins

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