Keep telco towers away from us, residents demand

Carters Ridge resident Patricia Larson with the registered letter sent to her about the NBN tower proposed to be built 70m from her bedroom.
Carters Ridge resident Patricia Larson with the registered letter sent to her about the NBN tower proposed to be built 70m from her bedroom. Tanya Easterby

CARTERS Ridge residents will fight a proposed 30m tower that, if approved, will be located near homes homes along Kenilworth Skyring Creek Rd.

A determined and growing group of locals, led by 20-year Carters Ridge residents Patricia and Howard Larson, have until February 18 to submit applications opposing one 30m monopole, three 1.18m-long panel antennae, three remote radio units and one parabolic 0.6m dish antenna.

The proposal has been submitted by engineering firm Aurecon, the company behind the quashed Gympie flood levee proposal, as part of the Federal Government's National Broadband Network rollout.

In a letter to residents, Aurecon advised that the telecommunications facility was considered an impact assessable development under the Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme and that planning approval would be required from the council.

Mrs Larson, a cancer survivor, received her letter early this week and within 48 hours had heard objections from some two dozen locals.

She said the potential health, safety, visual and other problems from the tower were becoming a community-wide concern.

She said the proposed tower would stand just 70m from her bedroom and, after performing her own research, said it was an unsafe distance from the tower's electromagnetic radiation.

Resident Ron Gillum disagreed with Aurecon's advice that the proposed tower would operate within safe electromagnetic energy standards.

He said there was "no safe level" of exposure and a buffer zone between homes and the tower was necessary.

"We're not anti-technology," Mr Gillum said.

"There are lots of options (away from homes).

"(Electromagnetic radiation) is not like ultra-violet; you can't put sunscreen on and protect yourself."

Mrs Larson said she felt she had no choice other than fight the proposed tower and would be writing a general impact application for community members to sign and send to the council in opposition to the NBN proposal.

She said petitions weren't accepted so residents needed to air concerns via individual impact applications.

Gympie Times

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