Phone tower on hold

PLANS for a 30 metre high mobile phone tower at Uki have been put on hold until telecommunications company Optus holds a community meeting.

Tweed Shire councillors on Tuesday voted to defer consideration of the controversial tower on a prominent hillside off Meadow Place, Uki, after being told many locals were unhappy about the public consultation Optus had offered.

Cr Barry Longland, a Uki resident, called for the public meeting to discuss the proposal after the council was told the public had sent in 34 letters of opposing the tower and six supporting it.

Greens Party councillor Katie Milne said the number of objections “clearly shows it is unpopular in the community”.

Council planning staff had recommended approval saying the tower would enhance telecommunications services.

The proposal is one of two currently put forward by Optus in the Tweed, with another planned for Koala Beach at Pottsville also sparking protests.

Supporting the deferral Cr Joan van Lieshout said: “A lot of people run businesses from home and need this. However I do believe they have missed community consultation.”

Councillors Dot Holdom and Phil Youngblutt voted against deferral.



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