News

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

Topics:  towers




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Wide Bay candidates talk border security and halting ‘brain drain’

Wide Bay and the rest of Australia will go to the polls this Saturday.

4 Wide Bay candidates have their say on border protection

A pub on every mullock heap

The Atlantic Hotel during a Mary St flood.  Mama and Papa's Pizzeria is now there.

An historical overview of the many pubs and hotels in Gympie.

Hey Mumma: Support networks vital for Gympie working mums

We have a family business with three kids. We try and have either my husband or I finish at three to do after school activities with the kids.   Anna Reid

Let's avoid judging stay at home mums and working mums

Latest deals and offers

Hey Mumma

Mums talk to us about how they juggle work and kids.

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

Concern over Smerdon Rd high-density development

Mick Curran talks about the community's concern over the project which was approved...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward