Tower boost for re­cep­tion

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

THE DAYS of search­ing for mo­bile phone re­cep­tion in Brooms Head will soon be over with a new mo­bile base sta­tion ex­pected to be ap­proved by coun­cil.

A Tel­stra telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower with equip­ment for Op­tus and the NBN fixed wire­less net­work will be built in Brooms Head on the sports fields on Ocean Rd.

Clarence Val­ley coun­cil­lors at the En­vi­ron­ment Plan­ning and Com­mu­nity com­mit­tee meet­ing took the op­por­tu­nity to tell Ax­i­com rep­re­sen­ta­tives that while their choice of lo­ca­tion for the Brooms Head tower was good, their de­ci­sion to place a tower 20m from the home of a Nym­boida res­i­dent was poor.

Cr Richie Wil­liamson said mo­bile phones and the ben­e­fits of them were an im­por­tant part of to­day’s so­ci­ety, so he was happy to sup­port the mo­tion.

“I no­tice that this ap­pli­ca­tion we are speak­ing about is apart of the (Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment) Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram and is a co-lo­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and NBN Fixed Wire­less,” he said. “It would be re­miss if I didn’t high­light the co-lo­ca­tion is­sues.

“In Nym­boida where Tel­strea re­fused flatly to co-lo­cate and they will build a tower 20m from the home of a Nym­boida res­i­dent.

“That stinks Tel­stra, but we are not here to talk about the Nym­boida ap­pli­ca­tion, we are here to talk about the Brooms Head ap­pli­ca­tion – in some ways I wish we had the op­por­tu­nity to talk about the Nym­boida tower.”

Other coun­cil­lors echoed Cr Wil­liamson’s words.

An of­fi­cial de­ci­sion will be made at the full coun­cil meet­ing on June 26.

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