Phone tower not on menu

A PROPOSAL to erect an Optus tower a short distance from Mallanganee's French restaurant - Jean-Claude - has its owner crying "sacre bleu."

The tower will stand just 93m from Jean-Claude's restaurant, perched high on a hill known as The Lookout.

"It's ruining the landscape and will ruin my business," Jean-Claude said.

The restaurant has a sweeping 360-degree vista which takes in Mt Warning and the Haystack.

If the tower goes ahead it will be the sixth such structure near the restaurant.

"Since I bought the place (nine years ago) the proliferation of towers has never stopped," he said.

Jean-Claude said there was another suitable site 500m away on which the tower could be located, but he suspected putting it near his restaurant was a cheaper option.

Jean-Claude said he also held concerns about the tower emitting radiation.

A spokesperson from Optus said the company always investigated a number of options in relation to its mobile facilities.

"We believe the chosen site represents a good balance between the community feedback we have received and the viable sites available to build this mobile facility," the spokesperson said.

"We will continue to consult with local stakeholders to ensure there is minimal impact to the local environment."

There is more information about Jean-Claude's at www.frenchrestaurantnorthernrivers.com.au.



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