Kirby Hamilton

Burringbar man rejects phone tower as neighbourly courtesy

A BURRINGBAR resident has withdrawn consent to have a National Broadcasting Network tower erected on his property after a community backlash against the proposal.

Edward Kuipers said he withdrew his permission when a neighbour approached him with concerns the tower proposed for 79 Burringbar Rd would reduce property values, affect health and detract from the area's visual appeal.

Mr Kuipers said when he was approached by NBN Co by mail originally, he didn't know some of his neighbours had already refused their proposals.

"At the time, everyone I'd spoken to was for it," he said.

"I wasn't too concerned about the visual impact when I saw the site was up among the trees.

"It would only stick about 10m above the trees."

Edward Kuipers said he withdrew permission when a neighbour approached him with concerns the tower proposed for 79 Burringbar Rd would reduce property values, affect health and detract from the area's visual appeal.

Mr Kuipers said he hadn't seen the tower as a threat to the community, but respected the concerns of his neighbours.

"I hadn't signed a contract, only an informal in-principle agreement."

NBN Co gave residents two weeks to lodge objections to the project.

As reported by My Daily News last week, some residents claim there was not sufficient community consultation.

"They only seem to notify people within half a kilometre," Mr Kuipers said.

"It would be a good idea if the community was approached beforehand."

Mr Kuipers said formal community consultations should be held in all regions where the NBN is planned and that residents should have the opportunity to openly discuss their positions on such developments.

But Mr Kuipers said the NBN could be economically beneficial to Burringbar in the long run with many people more likely to buy a house where high-speed internet is available.

NBN Co is believed to be paying $10,000 a year to landowners to host the towers which cost $200,000 to erect.



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