DISADVANTAGES: The Dawn’s Paul Geldard fears possible unintended consequences from the NBN rollout plan.
DISADVANTAGES: The Dawn’s Paul Geldard fears possible unintended consequences from the NBN rollout plan. Greg Miller

NBN downside ignored in tower rollout plans

THE NBN revolution is widely hyped as being of benefit to all.

But, at Witham Rd, The Dawn, Paul Geldard is one resident who is not so sure.

He says his property will be severely affected by the electricity needs of the new NBN tower going up very close to his place.

A new 40m monopole tower will soar above surrounding vegetation to provide residents wireless broadband.

"But what if a lot of residents already have landline connections, including fibre optic access? Where is the benefit then?," he asked this week.

And he says you can hardly call it wireless when all those phone lines will be replaced with highly visible powerlines to provide electricity to the new NBN facility.

And he says Jones Hill, only 2km away, already has a telecommunications tower where co-location might be possible.

Mr Geldard told The Gympie Times he is concerned there may have been some sort of mistake on the part of planners attempting to estimate the power needs of the re-transmission facility.

He says powerlines will be a health danger and an aesthetic scar on the area, but says planners appear to have greatly underestimated these factors.

Most importantly for him, he says the extra power supply infrastructure is planned for construction across his property.

The potential downside of the digital information and communication revolution appears to have been ignored in the rush to greater and easier internet connectivity in regional areas, he says.

"It's downside all round as far as I'm concerned," he told The Gympie Times.

Gympie Times


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