Youngtown Vodafone tower subject of council petition

CONCERN: Youngtown residents Pamela Skeggs and dog "Prince", John Cooper, Eve Bailey and Lisa Bailey at the fenceline of the oval. Picture: Pual Scambler.
CONCERN: Youngtown residents Pamela Skeggs and dog "Prince", John Cooper, Eve Bailey and Lisa Bailey at the fenceline of the oval. Picture: Pual Scambler.

Youngtown residents are petitioning the City of Launceston not to approve a development application for a telecommunications tower at Youngtown Memorial Park.

Vodafone proposed to install a facility including a 25 metre monopole, a five metre high turret headframe and associated infrastructure on the council-owned land.

The park is developed with a sports oval, main stand, change rooms and parking, and a children’s playground is partially on the subject land accessed from Medina Street.

The representation against the development had 23 signatures from concerned residents in the area.

In the council agenda for its Monday meeting it has been recommended to approve the development because it complies with the Launceston Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

“The application includes an Environmental [electromagnetic energy] Report, which demonstrates that the maximum EME level calculated for the proposed systems at the site is equivalent to 1.27 per cent of the public exposure limit,” the agenda said.