Message heard ‘load and clear’

A move to send Telstra a “strong message” on its approach to community consultation by Latrobe City councillors has been heard by the telecommunications giant.

Earlier this month councillors voted against approving a planning permit for a 30-metre telecommunications tower at the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club, on the grounds Telstra had refused to adequately address concerns over the proposed location.

However, when the issue returned to council’s regular meeting on Monday night, an identical planning permit application approval for the site was passed without discussion.

Explaining the change of heart, mayor Dale Harriman said Telstra had recently approached councillors and committed to engage in “ongoing dialogue” over “several” pending telecommunications towers in the Latrobe Valley.

“I think the message had been heard loud and clear and good to see Telstra has come on board and happy to better discuss their plans with council,” Cr Harriman said.