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In response to NBN tower opposed in Rosebank (Echonetdaily, June 17), NBN Co acknowledges there is a range of opinions regarding the proposed fixed wireless facility at 191 Repentance Creek Road.

NBN Co is committed to open and transparent consultation, and has addressed feedback at each stage of our extensive community consultation process. Local residents’ concerns and feedback have been heard and taken into consideration including the relocation of the originally proposed site.

NBN Co is rolling out the National Broadband Network across Australia using a mix of technologies to deliver fast and reliable broadband, using the best-fit solution for each geographical area. Rosebank is typical of other areas around Australia being serviced by fixed wireless technology – which includes the rural outskirts of larger regional centres, and small villages comprising large lot size rural holdings.

Residents of Rosebank can be assured that safety is the overriding priority for NBN Co. We strictly comply with the regulations set out set out by the federal government health agency, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

After careful assessment we believe NBN Co has addressed all feedback received and we plan to proceed with the facility at the current location. We look forward to bringing fast broadband to the local community.

Tony Gibbs, NBN Co Community Relations

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  1. Tony, your counter response fails to mention two things:

    1. That at the April consultancy meeting, where approximately 40 people were in attendance, a show of hands indicated about 95% of those present opposed the tower. NBN representatives deliberately failed to record this .

    2. Despite the low number of written submissions (reportedly 15), 67% were opposed to the tower. Further, a local petition gathered 140 signatures from concerned residents opposing the tower.

    3. In NBNs report to Lismore Council, both the petition and and the overwhelming opposition to the tower at the April public meeting were not mentioned at all.

    That is hardly ‘open and transparent consultation’ in my view.

  2. As a member of the Rosebank community I can confirm that the consultation process was not transparent, and it was absolutely not extensive. It was in fact a complete farce.

    What NBN did do most effectively however, was to come into our community with the intention to conquer and divide in order to achieve their desired goal – to put an unwanted tower in the middle of our community and fulfill a hugely lucrative contract with Ericsson.

    We DO NOT want the tower. This is OUR community. How can they do this and scandalously pretend that we agreed via their consultation process??

    Radiation from the tower has been classified by the WHO as ‘possibly carcinogenic’. Our children should not be the guinea pigs. We should have a CHOICE.

  3. I too live in Rosebank, and where i live i will not benefit from the tower as my house is behind the preposed site!!!!
    How much money does NBN give to the land owners to have the tower on their property?
    I and many others in the Rosebank Shire oppose to the tower!!!
    As Vee wrote WE SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE!!!

  4. NBN Co have a plan to build up to 1300 of these towers between the boarder and Grafton.
    We had a crew called Visionstream, consultants for NBN Co, do an ‘information session’ here in Upper Main Arm where they plan to put one of these towers. The young consultants were not listening only telling us how great it would all be to have towers and boxes on our walls or dishes on our roof tops and ‘very fast broadband’. We explained that there is already fibre optic cable underground from Mullumbimby all the way to Main Arm Upper school and down the Pocket Rd to the Pocket School put in years ago. It is my understanding that many schools in the Northern Rivers were connected to fibre optic.
    People should check up on schools in your valley. NBN Co should be petitioned to link up from schools and run fibre to households or ‘nodes’ nearby. We do have a choice and it should be fibre optic. Radio Frequency WiFi towers are a second best that many people won’t want to buy and will not benefit everyone because of the topography of our areas, apart from the health risk.

  5. As a Rosebank resident I am appalled at the … improper consultation process from NBN. There are at least 20 families that live within 500m of the planned microwave tower,the closest at 50m. They have been notified that they will receive microwave radiation 24/7 from the tower at “safe levels”. Well this is just not good enough. There is no conclusive evidence that the tower is safe to live near,radiation is cumulative. This tower is being forced on our community and is not the right technology for this forested hilly terrain, it will benefit few and adversely affect many. This tower is to be put in a wildlife corridor that has koalas and many threatened species, this part of Rosebank is a biodiversity hotspot and is environmentally significant and sensitive. We do not want this tower, we have not been given a choice.

  6. The Rosebank NBN tower as planned provides us no information of power output quantities at all. The tower as planned is on the edge of the last macca farm before the Nightcap national park which is less than 2km away. This is a very important wildlife corridor with a still healthy koala population and a growing yellow tailed black cockatoo population that roosts in the trees near the planned 35m tower most of the year. This tower will be a barrier to nature trying to cross into the farm lands below. Microwave towers emitt frequencies at 2.3mm wavelengths, while microwave ovens emitt 2.44mm wavelengths but you can shut the door or switch it off. Animals, birds and bees will try and avoid this frequency obstruction. because the frequency feels very uncomfortable to them,since they experience constant daylight frequencies through the microwave spectrum that radiates 24/7. How does an egg feel in a microwave oven? Try it out.

  7. Once again the wishes of the majority of the community have been ignored for the sake of profit. Despite what NBN co says this is not a decision which is being made in the interest of the Rosebank community. We run a small business in Rosebank, but apart from the fact that we will probably not benefit from this tower because we are behind the hill, there are so many other considerations. Will NBN co be accountable for any health impacts given all their reassurances, have they done an environmental impact study on the effects of microwave radiation on our wildlife. So our concerns have been duly considered and blatantly dismissed.

  8. Ericsson NBN Co have the PR skills of Brown Snakes and the same reputation.

    The National Broadband Network has nothing to do with the delivery of the best broadband solution to Australians: Cities get cabled internet. Country get Fixed Wireless and Satellite. If you are destined to get a tower, then you are in the grasp of the Ericsson Fixed Wireless Team and it is the Fixed Wireless Team that Tony Gibb belongs too – alongside Jacqueline Crompton, both are named persons of interest for the purposes of their roles in this debacle.

    There is more to the NBN Co lies than meet the eye and it is chilling glimpse into the new Government-Corporate relationships that shift public infrastructure into private ownership. When Ericsson wants to ‘upgrade’ the technology of it’s towers and the rooftop antenna’s in an inevitable upgrade cycle – it will be expensive and who will pay for the obsoleted rooftop antenna to be replaced? You will. The profits of corporate interests have now been secured for the next 50 years.

    The Government and the Department of Communications are dancing a tango to shift the Public Infrastructure into a ‘user pays’ and ‘corporate profits’ system where the losers are us. Anyone that gets in their way is told to GGF and this is exactly the basis of a phone call I received from the Department: Do not contact the Department again, we will not answer your inquiries.

    Democracy? mmm….

  9. NBN towers are designed to run on an on demand system which means if nobody signs up for it , no radiation will be emitted , however NBN will no doubt sublet to other carriers .
    The receiving antenna also emits radiation as it has to transmit as well , not only does NBN not tell you this but as well does not tell you how much radiation you will be exposed to from the antenna .
    However most people have in their homes wi-fi and cordless phones , these in themselves emit much more radiation than any tower would , I have measured both with an electro smog meter. info on how to reduce your exposure in the home can be found at mullumwifi.com

  10. Hi,
    I too am a Rosebank resident. And a Rosebank Community member. I really look forward to being able to connect to the internet. I really hope this tower hurries up. Me and all of my neighbours are unable to get any internet, as now the NBN interim satellite is no longer available this Fixed wireless tower is our only chance. Unfortunately we are too far from the exchange to get ADSL.
    We are heading into a world where we need the internet.
    I can assure you Anton, there is going to be heaps of people who sign up for this service. You don’t hear from them because we don’t have any internet to inform us.
    Of course I would like Cable internet or to have the phone line capable of carrying ADSL.
    It would be great for the local Rosebank community to unite and propose a real alternative to the tower. How about we ALL chip in for the cost of upgrading the current infrastructure so we can ALL get ADSL or Cable High Speed Broadband.

    I feel the opposers to the tower are using the word ‘Community’ as a convenient buzz word. Where I worry the opposers are already internet connected and they would be the first to hide when the Magic Hat goes around.


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