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Chapter 1 of 4. TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS, ANTENNAE & MICROWAVE DISHES
The installation of telecommunications infrastructure is controlled under the Commonwealth Telecommunications Act of 1997. Before High Impact facilities can be approved, the relevant Carrier is required by the Act to follow the established State Planning framework and development approval process.
In Western Australia, information about the relevant approval process can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Infrastructure at Albert Facey House, 469-489 Wellington Street (ph. (08) 9264 7777) or from the local council office.
It should be noted that approval of High Impact installations rests with the relevant council. Main Roads endorsement of a proposal along a freeway, highway or main road is required as input to the planning and development process.
In planning and installing Low Impact Facilities, Carriers are not required to seek specific endorsement of their proposal from Main Roads but must comply with the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 and Telecommunications (Low Impact Facilities) Determination 1997, Amendment No 1 of 1999.
Refer to Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) guidelines to determine Low Impact and High Impact telecommunications facilities application.
Telecommunications infrastructure is unrelated to road use and may distract or impact on the safety of road users if not appropriately located. Before approval can be given for the installation of any High Impact facility, a standard Lease Agreement must be established with the Carrier for each proposed site.
When an application is received by Main Roads should be forwarded to the relevant asset manager which:
The relevant asset manager described above will assess the individual site's characteristics and liaise with relevant staff from within Main Roads on issues that arise. A checklist of items that may need to be considered is contained in
Annexure A. For a version of the checklist in Word format -
No application fee is required.
Once an application for an individual site location is approved, the asset manager will advise both the applicant and Main Roads Legal and Commercial Services Branch. The carrier will need to continue to liaise with the relevant asset manager to finalise design requirements. Main Roads Legal and Commercial Services Branch will negotiate the commercial terms for the proposed facility's lease and liaise with the carrier on the preparation of the relevant lease agreement.
Where the facility requires a development application, this shall be prepared by the carrier and forwarded to Main Roads Legal and Commercial Services Branch who will arrange for the development application to be signed on Main Roads behalf.
Carriers are encouraged to commence preliminary discussions with Main Roads and relevant authorities prior to submitting formal applications.
The assessment of a proposed telecommunication installation should consider such aspects as
The assessment of a proposal to attach communications equipment to an existing road structure or lighting pole requires the consideration of additional factors as outlined below.
It is not permitted to install telecommunication facilities on Main Roads camera poles because of:
The potential for electrical interference to camera operation.
There are 3 main types of large sign gantries:
(i) Main Roads
Variable Message Signs (VMS)??? microwave dishes and antennae are not to be installed on these gantries because of:
(ii) Main Roads
Static Illuminated Direction Signs - microwave dishes and antennae may be permitted following resolution of the following:
(iii) Main Roads
Non Illuminated Direction Signs - may be permitted following resolution of the following:
Applications for the attachment of antennae and microwave dishes to existing road lighting poles will generally require the replacement of standard road lighting poles with taller, larger diameter poles that are non-frangible and will require installation of road safety barriers which in themselves would create a road hazard that otherwise would not be needed.
Main Roads is responsible for road lighting poles on its roads except for highways and main roads that do not have declared control of access and are located in a built-up area.
(i) Slip Base Lighting Poles
Poles owned by Main Roads generally have a slip base facility to provide a road safety feature if hit by an errant vehicle. Proposed installations of telecommunications facilities that seek to replace slip base poles with non-frangible poles (even those proposed to be protected by guard fence) shall not be approved. The introduction of sections of barriers associated with telecommunications facilities would impose additional hazards that are not acceptable.
Proposed installations of telecommunications facilities that replace road lighting poles along freeways and controlled access highways may be approved where:
(ii) High Mast Lighting Poles
It is not permitted to install telecommunications facilities on high mast lighting poles for the following reasons:
The Electricity Network Provider and Local government Agencies generally own road lighting and equipment along highways and main roads that have not been declared as control of access and are located in a built up area; and the lighting poles and equipment are supplied by the Electricity Network Provider for the area. Main Roads assessment of applications that seek to replace standard poles with the larger, taller poles is therefore limited to aspects of traffic and roadside safety.
Access should be provided via the minor (slow speed) road network wherever possible.
Existing Electricity Network Provider poles and Main Roads non-slip poles located along roadways have some degree of frangibility. The larger poles proposed by the Carriers of telecommunications facilities generally do not. Therefore, applications should only be considered in 60 km/h speed zone areas (or less) where the following conditions are satisfied:
Telecommunications facilities shall not be installed on pedestrian bridges.
Telecommunications equipment shall not be installed on road bridges or poles located on the bridges for the following reasons:
Main Roads Traffic Signal Posts and Mast ArmsWhere the carrier requests installation of antenna on traffic signal posts or mast arms, the carrier shall seek Main Roads approval for nominated intersections.Proposed installations of telecommunications facilities that replace Traffic Signal posts and mast arms at intersections may be approved where:
The Main Roads "Traffic Management for works on roads - Code of Practice" outlines acceptable procedures for traffic management through and adjacent to a worksite.