Councillors unanimously approve Pacific Haven NBN tower
UPDATE: Fraser Coast councillors have unanimously approved an NBN tower at Pacific Haven during the council meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday.
Councillors debated the viability of other sites proposed by residents but agreed that 300 Pacific Haven Circuit was the best site for the tower.
A group of protesters was at the meeting and it was standing-room-only in public gallery of Maryborough City Hall.
EARLIER: A group of protesters objecting to an NBN tower proposed for 300 Pacific Haven Circuit are expected to attend a fiery council meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday.
The Pacific Haven residents have been battling the Fraser Coast Regional Council and NBN Co since early last year.
They claim there are better locations for the tower than the proposed location.
Robyn Williams and her group have attended most council meetings to voice their concerns.
In a previous address to councillors, Ms Williams said the tower was an "eyesore" and questioned the safety of radiation in the area.
Councillors will consider a report provided by the executive staff with advice from the development department.
It has been recommended councillors approve the tower with development conditions.
A public notification period was held in September last year when the council received a petition with 115 signatures against the development at that site.
Divisional councillor Rolf Light told the Chronicle the council had listened to residents' concerns.
"Gerard (O'Connell) has met with the residents out there who have been concerned," he said.
"I've met with the residents, James Hansen has met with the residents.
"There has been sufficient opportunity for the residents to express their opinion."
The council has discussed and voted on 13 applications for NBN facilities on the Fraser Coast.
Of those 13 only two were denied, one at Poona and the other in Tiaro.