Plans for a 45-metre telecommunications tower at Lynwood near Uralba will go ahead, provided the Ballina Shire Council is granted indemnity from any legal liability.
Mayor David Wright said there were safety concerns, because the structure would intrude into the Ballina Airport’s obstacle limitation space.
But he said the council had been reassured that those risks could be effectively managed.
Cr Wright said the development application would proceed if NBN Co. assumes full responsibility for the structure.
“At the moment we’re using the verbal advice from the acting general manager [of NBN Co.], and I’ve written that recommendation based on that,” he said.
“So we will write back and try to get it in writing.
“What we decide to do if we don’t do that might be another matter, but at the moment the tower should be progressing and people should have their NBN by Christmas.
“It’s divided the community up there a fair bit.
“Not so much on the safety issue, which has just arisen lately, but on the visual amenity of such a beautiful area.
“A lot of people were under the impression that they’d get fibre-optic if they said they didn’t want the tower.
“Well that’s not the case.
“The majority of people lately though are definitely for it… they’re virtually getting no internet at all at the moment.”
Source: ABC News