Police tower won't go ahead
THE Tuntable Creek community was celebrating last night after NSW Police announced it would not go ahead with plans to build a 28-metre high communications tower on Rose Road.
It is the second time police have been forced to go back to the drawing board in their attempt to build the tower to remove a black spot from its communications capacity.
In July last year the police force had to pull down the tower after it was built virtually overnight in the heart of Nimbin without any community consultation.
“I haven't told everybody yet, but I'm sure they will be happy,” Tuntable Creek resident and anti-tower campaigner Danny McLaren said late yesterday afternoon.
“We were still thinking there would be another compromise proposal, but it's gone now.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Police, Angela D'Amore, informed Lismore MP Thomas George of the decision by letter yesterday.
“NSW Police Force will not be pursuing the establishment of the proposed communications facilities at Rose Road, Tuntable Creek, as further assessment of alternative options for radio coverage in the area is now being undertaken,” the letter said.
Mr George made a series of representations to the Minister after receiving petitions from the community.
“The community expressed to me their deep concerns they had with the issue and the police have taken notice of those concerns,” Mr George said.
“The police are now investigating alternatives and all I ask of the Minister is that community consultation takes place.”
As The Northern Star reported in May, Tuntable Creek residents were concerned the proposed tower was to be built on a ridge line, would be visible from as far away as The Channon, and would obstruct their views of Nimbin Rocks to one side and the Nightcap mountains on the other.
In a letter to Mr McLaren, police said they may still install a small ‘whip' antenna on one property which already supports a Rural Fire Service antenna.