A telecommunications tower will be built at Uralba but Ballina Shire Council will not take any responsibility for the structure.
Despite a recommendation from the manager of the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport that the tower would infringe on the flight zone, councllors backed the majority wish of surrounding residents in approving the tower.
The 45-metre tower will be built at Dees Lane, Lynwood, and will provide wireless broadband to surrounding residnets.
Cr Keith Johnson, going against the staff recommendation that the tower be refused, moved for approval with certain conditions.
He noted that Civil Aviation Safety Authority guidelines needed to be followed and that NBN Co be responsible for maintenance and liability.
The council had heard concerns that the proposed towere encroached on the flightplath on the western approach to the airport.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority had previously advised that while the tower was a potential hazard, it could still be built if the building was painted with red stripes and it had a flashing light at the highest point.
Concerns were raised by the airport manager however that the modifications would result in the council being responsible.
Cr Johnson, a former Royal Australian Air Force officer, argued that the tower would improve aircraft safety by providing a reference point in an area where some trees were the same height.
The packed public gallery, the majority of whom had been lobbying for the tower for its promised improved internet access, cheered when the tower was approved.