Mobile phone recycling: Bendigo council snubs mobile phone tower plans
The problem of getting mobile phone signal in some parts of Australia is not a new phenomenon, so it came as a shock when the Bendigo, Victoria, council rejected plans for a new mast in the city.
It has long been claimed that mobile phone coverage in certain areas is unacceptable but on this occasion the council sided with 58 objectors to the tower.
The local authority voted five-to-four to reject Telstra's application to build the tower next to the Brennan Park swimming pool in Kennington, ABC News reports.
Phone towers are often approved even in the face of some community opposition but Telstra couldn't put together a convincing enough argument.
Councillor James Reade supported the plan and openly questioned whether upcoming elections were influencing council decisions.
He later claimed that he expects the application to go to the state's planning umpire - the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
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