LISMORE City Councillor Vanessa Ekins has called on community members to lobby the Federal Government to provide fibre optic connections rather than the planned microwave towers for the NBN rollout.
Cr Ekins said the jury was still out on the safety of microwave transmissions following recent research reporting an increased prevalence of cancer in populations living less than 500m from mobile phone base stations.
"This is a network of towers in line of sight of each other. There are 20 planned for Lismore LGA and 11 for Ballina," Cr Ekins said.
"Secret deals are being done now with landholders in Clunes, Bexhill, The Channon, Coffee Camp, Dorroughby, Dunoon, Georgica, Goolmangar, two in Lismore, Mcleans Ridges, Modanville, two in Nimbin, Rosebank, Tullerah, Wyrallah, Tregeagle, Gunderimba and Bagotville."
A spokeswoman for NBN Co, the company conducting the nationwide broadband rollout, said it had conducted two community consultation sessions ahead of the lodgement of development applications with Lismore City Council.
"We understand that views on the rollout of new infrastructure will likely reflect a range of community opinions as people balance the desire for access to new technology with other local lifestyle and amenity concerns," she said.
Residents with concerns contact NBN Co on 1800 881 816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.