(from left) Cindy Thummel, Andrew Watson, Trevor Thomas, Anne Thompson, Richard Swinton and Steven Giese, all of Clunes at the no Optus tower in Clunes protest.
(from left) Cindy Thummel, Andrew Watson, Trevor Thomas, Anne Thompson, Richard Swinton and Steven Giese, all of Clunes at the no Optus tower in Clunes protest. Doug Eaton

Residents battle phone tower

CLUNES residents have had their first small win in their battle to stop a 40m Optus tower being built in their village.

At a community protest in the village on Saturday, protest organiser Mim Weber told the 100-strong crowd that the Optus tower developers, Daley International, have invited community representatives to a round-table meeting and have extended the community consultation process to July 18.

“We're very pleased,” Ms Weber said. “People have been very upset that they haven't been consulted properly,”

The extension of the consultation period was a direct result of the calibre of letters and submissions Daley International received from residents objecting to the tower in their village, Ms Weber said.

Highlighting the David and Goliath-style struggle residents are facing to ward off the tower, a 40m crane was set up on Clunes' Main St on Saturday showing how tall the proposed Optus tower would be.

Ms Weber said the round-table discussion would centre on the visual impact the high tower will have on the ambience of the village, the close proximity to residential areas.

Also up for discussion will be an alternative site that the community may have located for the tower further away from the village itself.



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