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A Millendon resident says a proposed nbn co tower on Hardwick Rd will need a 200m buffer, which will wreck his plans to build short stay accommodation on his own property. Illustration only

Anger at nbn co tower plan

A MILLENDON resident says a proposed nbn co tower at 158 Hardwick Rd will ruin the view for residents and hinder his plans to create a tourism development on his own property.

David Hughes said the proposed 40m nbn co tower under the City of Swan’s telecommunication (mobile phone) facilities policy required a 200m buffer between it and any residential dwelling.

“The location of the proposed nbn tower is less than 200m from at least one residence and will in fact be less than 100m from my planned future residence,’’ he said.

“I have just completed the landscaping and jetty on a fenced in man-made lake that is less than 100m from the proposed site.

“In 2011, the Millendon fire destroyed much of my property and since then I have spent time and money planning to build a new residence on the back of my property and this excavated lake is part of the landscaping.’’

“As a resident of 40 years and a retired veteran on a pension the prospect of this blight on my new view is devastating.

Mr Hughes said alternative sites such as Baskerville, Mt Oakover and Wandoo Heights or any other hill in the area would all have significantly less impact on the landscape and provide a better line of sight opportunities for the nbn co tower.

He said the visual pollution of the 40m tower, which could also be extended to 45m, would affect all the community.

An nbn co spokeswoman said the company considered  a number of sites and consulted extensively with community members and councils during the planning process.

She said Hardwick Rd was selected based on its location, compliance with local and state planning regulations, access to power, and quality coverage for premises in the vicinity.

“The proposed nbn™ fixed wireless tower to serve this area uses advanced technology commonly referred to as LTE or 4G, and is engineered to deliver services to a fixed number of premises within each coverage area,’’ she said.

In NBN tower invasion, Echo News, June 3 a former Telstra employee of Herne Hill, who asked to remain anonymous, said the Swan Valley was ‘shafted’ by the proposal to deliver high-speed broadband services.

“Whilst the golden triangle Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane get nbn fibre optic cabling many WA residents are going to get the dreaded tower,” he said.

“This wi-fi technology is useless, especially in cloudy weather or during solar flares, which happen more than most people realise.

“Not to mention the fact the health effects haven’t been fully explored yet due to the newness of the technology.”

The spokeswoman said nbn co complied with strict safety standards set by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, which regulated levels of electro-magnetic energy in Australia in order to protect all people in all environments 24hr a day.

“These standards apply to all licensed radio frequency transmitters, including the nbn’s fixed wireless towers, as well as commercial and TV broadcast towers,’’ she said.

“Notwithstanding this, the nbn co’s preferred site complies with the council’s local planning policies.

“A development application has been lodged by nbn co’s project partners. Further questions regarding the application are best directed to the City of Swan.”

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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