Springside NBN tower gets go-ahead

ORANGE City Council has approved a controversial 25-metre National Broadband Network (NBN) wireless tower for Springside, despite NBN Co refusing to reconsider its location.

The council deferred a decision on the monopole tower for a second time in November to give NBN time to consider alternative locations after photomontages showing the impact of the tower on nearby residences were found to be incorrect.

But the company maintained the Cadia Road site was the best location despite two residents objecting to its visual impact.

Ericsson community relations officer Jacqueline Crompton, representing NBN Co, told the council two other sites had been considered but both would mean a “significantly larger” lattice tower structure instead of the 41 metre monopole to deliver internet to up to 1300 households.

“It would be akin in height to the floodlights at the MCG,” she said.

“We maintain... with complete honesty that it’s not a better outcome for the residents.”

Ms Crompton said NBN Co had since supplied the council with correct photomontages of the “critical piece of NBN infrastructure”, and had also used a crane and helium balloon on site to represent the tower for photos.

Four councillors Neil Jones, Scott Munro, Ron Gander and Reg Kidd attempted to refuse the tower, but were unable to attract the support of their fellow councillors.

Cr Jones said NBN Co was looking for an easy way out by only assessing three potential sites.

But Cr Kevin Duffy supported the tower, saying it would enhance the lives of the 1300 people who would use it for the NBN.

Mayor John Davis “reluctantly” supported the tower, but said NBN Co had done business the wrong way.

“It’s atrocious how [the residents] have been treated,” he said.

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