NBN tower back on Council agenda

A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build a a telecommunications tower at Lynwood will return to Ballina Shire Council this week.

Council approved the 45m tower at Lynwood in May, on the proviso that NBN Co Limited indemnify council and the airport from the tower, considering the site and height of the structure put the tower in the Obstacle Limitation Surface for the western approach to Ballina airport.

Since then, the council staff report that NBN Co Limited has argued the related conditions "do not serve a proper planning purpose and consequently, are ultra vires and unlawful".

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority didn't object to the tower being built at Dees Ln, but classified it as a hazardous object and insisted the associated building would need to be painted red-and-white and the tower have a flashing red light at the top.

Council staff recomend the council conditions related to indemnity are removed from the consent, and the structure go ahead.

Uralba residents wanting fast internet welcomed the May decision to build the NBN tower, arguing the area with lots of young families was in an internet "black hole".

But Lynwood residents living in the vicinity were disappointed, having argued against NBN Co's assertion that there were no alternative sites.

Cr Jeff Johnson has backed the Lynwood residents, and will argue that there is an alternative site in the Uralba Nature Reserve.



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