Folks in Pacific Haven, Bauple concerned about NBN towers

RESIDENTS in two communities are fighting to have controversial NBN towers moved from their current sites due to the visual impacts.

As NBN towers are expected to sprout throughout the Fraser Coast in the next few months, residents in Bauple and Pacific Haven are campaigning against their current locations.

Since early this year, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has been discussing more than 10 NBN towers in areas right across the region.

Most have been passed, however the two upcoming applications are sure to be controversial.

Last Tuesday, a group of residents at Pacific Haven met with councillor Rolf Light to voice their concerns over the tower.

Resident Robin Williams was against the height and visual implications the tower had.

And in Bauple, the community is worried about the proposed tower's visual impacts.

Bauple resident Annie Weise was also concerned the tower didn't fit in with the council's planning scheme.

"It was the close proximity to homes," she said.

"The adverse visual impact was absolutely shocking - it was far too close."

The Chronicle understands Aurecon has offered a different site for Bauple's tower after feedback from residents.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said councillors took on board residents' submissions and comments when approving a tower.

"Primarily, the application and then the outcome is respectful to the planning scheme," he said.

"It's fair to say there is some complexity and there is a heightened degree of interest in NBN towers."

Cr O'Connell said the towers were vital to improving digital infrastructure.