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March 5, 2021

Concern over Bangalow Optus tower plan

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Optus has a handful of Bangalow residents up in arms after altering their plan to install an antenna on the water tower around Granuaille Road and Rankin Drive.

There was also community opposition to a previous plan submitted by Optus for a 30m tower to be built in a nearby area, which was considered unsightly, but the plan was shelved in favour of the revised plan to attach an antenna to the water reservoir. The new antenna would be approximately 12m from the ground.

Resident Brigitte Zeisig told Echonetdaily, ‘I am totally opposed to Optus installing a radiation-emitting antenna on top of our water reservoir and I am concerned that because of the fact that only a couple of people have received notification, Optus will claim that there is no objection from the community to this proposal and therefore they will go ahead with it’.

She says she was notified via mail by Daly International, acting on behalf of Optus.

‘The letter states that in accordance with “Section 5.5 of the industry code”, they are required to notify people who may be interested and affected by the proposal in order to give these people an opportunity to respond and have their response considered. The strange thing is, that apart from myself and another neighbour, no other residents in close proximity of the water tower seem to have received this notification.’

Ms Zeisig added, ‘There are enough other hills in the surrounding areas, away from water towers and local residents, where Optus can stick their antenna.’

She says objections are urgent as they need to be received no later than 29 May.

The contact details are: Eve Vickerson, town planner, Daly International. Ph 07 3077 7800 or email [email protected]

A council spokesperson told Echonetdaily, ‘It’s a low-impact telecommunications antenna and therefore no DA is required’.

Optus had not responded to Echonetdaily by the time of going to press.

Optus is fully owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel). Fairfax-owned website smh.com.au reported last year that ‘Australia’s second-largest telco said operating revenue in the three months to December 31 was $2.38 billion, up 3.6 per cent from the previous corresponding period’.

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