Selecting Public Safety Network sites
Choosing a Public Safety network (PSN) site is a balance between maximising coverage of radio communications, and minimising impacts such as ecological, heritage or visual amenity.
We collaborate with the Emergency Services Organisations (ESOs) and landowners, to select the most suitable sites across the state.
Importantly, neighbouring landowners, local councils and other stakeholders will be kept informed of new site proposals and we will consider their feedback as part of our planning process.
Factors considered for PSN sites
- Site suitability
- Site acquisition and access (landowners including private and Crown Land, tenure agreements)
- Design constraints (structural capacity of towers, tower heights to meet radio frequency and backhaul requirements)
- Environmental factors (landforms, ecology, bush fire risk, cultural heritage and visual impacts, electromagnetic energy emissions)
- Community impacts (Native Title, Aboriginal Land Claims, sensitive receivers).
Specialist assessments will be identified and agreed during the approval and planning stages.
Selecting a PSN site
Most sites selected for the PSN will be co-located on sites where radio communications infrastructure already exists.
Equipment will be installed within the existing footprint of the site compound.
Any requirement to extend the existing compound requires substantial justification.
The development of a new site is considered after all other options are exhausted.
Compliance with legislation
All brownfield (existing) or greenfield (new) sites will comply with relevant legislation and follow established guidelines. The environmental assessment is carried out pursuant to Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.