I’ve been silently cursing Telstra while on holiday at Falcon, near Mandurah, for the poor wireless broadband connection. Considering that Telstra’s prices are double those of competitors, their wider coverage is an important selling point.
But after reading the Mandurah Mail today I realise it’s not Telstra’s fault. Apparently they applied to Mandurah City Council to install a communications tower in Falcon near the fast-food precinct, but the request was denied.
The councillors thought it would have an adverse impact on the area’s amenity. We’re talking an ugly commercial strip here with no views of the beach or estuary!
The case went to the administrative appeals tribunal, which strangely referred it back to the council and asked for discussions to be held with Telstra. Talk about bureaucracy gone mad.
The mayor was quoted saying he wanted Telstra to consult more with the community. Well, as a repeat visitor who contributes to the city’s prosperity I can tell the council they should stop standing in the way of progress.