Phone tower may be removed

SUFFOLK Park residents may finally rid their neighbourhood of a phone tower they never wanted.

Telstra erected a phone tower on a water tank in the Byron Hills almost a decade ago, despite community outrage and a blockade.

Its installation stymied plans for a tourist viewing platform on the tank, caused health concerns amongst nearby residents and according to locals, ruined a beautiful piece of community land.

But at a council meeting this week, Byron councillors voted for a course of action that could see the tower removed.

The meeting heard that Optus was planning to install its own tower at the Byron Golf Club, and that the same location could be suitable for a relocation of the Telstra tower.

Optus had consulted widely and won the support of both the local community and the council, the meeting heard.

Councillors agreed that council should write to Telstra and inform them of the opportunity to co locate with the Optus tower at the golf club, with a request to reply within 60 days.



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