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BMCC Optus Lease to Improve Mobile Coverage in Winmalee

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 25 Nov 2017 - Posted: 26 Sep 2017
Ward 3 Councillors (L-R) Daniel Myles, Shae Foenander, and Mick Fell welcome Council leasing the ‘Telstra Tower’ in Summerhayes Park Winmalee to Optus and improved mobile coverage in the Winmalee area.
Blue Mountains City Council agreed at its recent meeting to enter into a lease with Optus to co-locate their equipment on the existing Telstra Tower within Summerhayes Park, Winmalee, to help improve the mobile reception within the surrounding area.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “Optus is seeking to upgrade its mobile telephone services in the Winmalee area. The Council fully supports this proposal, especially in times of emergency.”

Optus will co-locate their telecommunications equipment on the existing Telstra Tower, subject to development approval. Telstra installed a telecommunications tower within the Summerhayes Park area in March this year. The tower’s design allowed for other carriers to be added. This will do away with the requirement for Optus to build any new towers within the Winmalee area.

Ward 3 Councillor, Shae Foenander, said, “For a long time this area had suffered from poor mobile phone coverage. This is bad for families, home run businesses and especially in emergency situations.

Bush fire sensitive areas such as this need to have the best telecommunication options available to it. Peace of mind for residents is paramount during an emergency that they can reach out and get help. I welcome this development."

Cr Mick Fell said, “This will go a long way towards addressing the patchy mobile reception and potential safety risks experienced in the Winmalee area for many years. I welcome this move and congratulate the Council staff for their successful negotiations."

"This fills a long standing gap,” said Cr Daniel Myles. “I hope that other areas with poor reception across the Mountains are similarly addressed."

In order to house and manage their telecommunication equipment a ground based hut is required, which requires Council to enter into a lease with Optus.  The lease is tied to Telstra’s remaining term of their five year lease, so that both leases can run concurrently, if and when the leases are renewed. 

Optus will publicly notify their intentions of the use of public land as required by the Local Government Act before any lease will be entered into or can be approved by Council.

This article archived 25 Nov 2017

 
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