Council obliges to firing broadband wish
EVERY time disabled Glenwood resident Cherie Longman wants to use the internet, she has to travel 40km to get to the McDonald's in Gympie.
As Ms Longman is studying to be a counsellor and has to complete work online, this is a real challenge.
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The drive happens because Glenwood has a median ADSL speed of 0MPBS.
Ms Longman was one of many Glenwood townsfolk who came to Hervey Bay on Wednesday morning to demand one thing: security of their future broadband.
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About 100 residents of the town's population showed up at the Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting, after threats that the planned NBN towers for Glenwood would not go ahead.
Original news that four towers would be added was met with relief and excitement, fixed wireless community relations adviser Jacqueline Crompton said.
"But here we are six months later because three of those four towers have been recommended for refusal, even though council has not received a single objection to any of the towers," she said.
"The just one NBN tower would have done nothing; you needed the four."
Fraser Coast Councillors went through the three at-risk towers one by one, and approved them all.
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On each occasion, the approvals were for voted for unanimously, complimented with cheers from the observing townsfolk.
Slight adjustments were made to the positions of the towers, to allow them to go ahead.
Councillor Anne Maddern said the towers were at risk of refusal because their locations interfered with the town's design.
"I'd like to make the point that this is about visual impairment, it's not about safety," she said.
"Someone said to me, I don't care about looking at the tower if it gives me access to something I desperately need at a price I can afford.
"Councillors have to decide whether the community interest outweighs the negative impacts of the non-compliance with the town plan."
The Glenwood residents left with big smiles on their faces at their victory.