Not happy: Danny McLaren, of Tuntable Creek, with his house in the background, near where NSW Police want to erect a 23-metre high communications tower.
Not happy: Danny McLaren, of Tuntable Creek, with his house in the background, near where NSW Police want to erect a 23-metre high communications tower. David Nielsen

Police tower to be built at Nimbin

IT’S coming back.

Ten months after NSW Police agreed to pull down their controversial communications tower in the heart of Nimbin, a new proposal will see it built on a mountain top that can be seen as far away as The Channon.

Police from Sydney Operational Communications last week informed six residents adjoining the private property on Rose Road at Tuntable Creek about the proposal to build the 23-metre high tower, giving them 21 days to object.

Danny McLaren, whose only outdoor living area will look directly at the tower and five-metre high equipment station, is not impressed.

“We only bought here a year ago after three years of looking for the perfect home, and if this goes up we will have to move,” he said.

Last Friday police offered a compromise, moving the tower about 40 metres along and slightly below the ridge line, which is a popular spot for tourists and joggers to stop to take in views of Nimbin Rocks on one side, and Nightcap Mountains on the other.

“It doesn’t make it better for anyone, except for one person who was only going to be 20 metres away from the tower,” McLaren said. “It’s like saying you have a choice: Do you want your arm broken in two or three places.”

As Nimbin residents – who woke one morning last July to find a police tower had been built – know, the police do not need development approval from Lismore City Council.

However, this time police have kept council informed about the project, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said.

She said the assistant police commissioner also rang her last Friday to inform her it was moving the tower the 40 or so metres to alleviate residents’ concerns.

Acting Local Area Commander Supt Bill McKenna yesterday said plans for the tower were still in the early stages.

“Any plans by the NSW Police Force to construct a radio communications tower are in their infancy, but police will continue to work closely with council regarding any construction,” he said.

When the tower was built at Nimbin police said it was needed to remove black spots from its communications capacity.



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