Christmas lights in new space race

GYMPIE’S most prominent display of Christmas lights faces increased competition from the telecommunications industry, as would-be broadcasters and re-transmitters compete for space on the top of the city’s “Wine Glass” water tower.

In a report this week to Gympie Regional Council’s Works and Services Committee, Water and Sewerage general manager Ian Schiefelbein told councillors there was the risk of the water tower being host to “a forest” of telecommunications antennae.

“But it’s a prime site for telecommunications and they all want to be there,” he said.

He was commenting on two applications, one from a local group and one from Optus, to establish equipment on the top of the landmark tower.

“It’s pretty tight up there and if these go in there wouldn’t be any extra space.

“Optus has suggested $10,000 a year and they would provide their own power supply, with a 10-year lease and renewable for 10 years.”

Gympie Communications and Electronics Group also applied to use the tower as the site for a repeater station for its amateur radio members.

Mr Schiefelbein said a power supply upgrade would be needed.

Gympie Times


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