Optus tower 'will benefit community'

A NEW Optus telecommunications tower planned for the rooftop of the Ocean Shores Country Club would have great benefits for the wider community.

That’s the view of the club’s secretary/manager, Andrew Spice, who said the club was in the final stages of negotiations with Optus over the new tower.

“We are happy with what we’ve seen in the plans and the club’s board is happy to approve the tower,” Mr Spice said.

“There’s an existing internet tower on the roof now, but the new Optus tower will not be a problem visually.

“It will deliver improved communications to the wider community and for this reason the club is happy to support the plan.”

An Optus spokesperson said that as part of the continued expansion of the Optus open network across Australia, the telco was currently upgrading its voice and data services in the Byron Bay region.

It said the new telecommunications tower at the country club would build upon the 3G mobile services to the local area.

“The new rooftop installation will be erected at the existing site to minimise the impact to the area,” he said.

“Optus is excited to bring improved coverage to the Byron Bay region and we are continually looking at ways to bring higher-quality services to our customers.”

The spokesperson said the new tower would be shorter than the existing internet tower.

He said that a construction date had yet to be finalised.

Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of planning, Ray Darney, said no development application was required for the telecommunications antenna.

"The Infrastructure SEPP allows some telecommunication works to go ahead without council involvement,” he said.

Mr Darney said council was notified by Optus about the antenna and council had requested that the company ensure the impact on neighbours was considered.

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