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Anger in Poona after NBN tower bid held over

POONA residents are "on the periphery" of good mobile phone and television reception - and they're up in arms after an application to give them better coverage was deferred.

At Fraser Coast Regional Council's last meeting at Hervey Bay, councillors voted 9-2 to put the application for a tower on the table for further consideration and community consultation.

Councillor Phil Truscott said he wanted to delay the tower plan because council officers had suggested the application be rejected

because it was against the planning scheme.

"At the meeting, it was recommended by the officers, after they did the research, to reject it because it was too close to residential," he said.

"If I didn't take it off the table I would have lost the vote."

At last Wednesday's meeting, Telstra representatives outlined their plans for the tower to be built on Boronia Dr.

The 30m tower would be used by Telstra and eventually become an NBN facility.

Poona resident Allan

Ogston said the council should have listened to the community's calls for the development.

"It's just very disappointing to see that this is something that can benefit this community and improve this community and we've got people perhaps not fully understanding," Mr Ogston said.

"It's easy to be up in Hervey Bay and enjoying all the facilities but down here we just don't have those things," he said.

Cr Truscott said he acknowledged the residents of Poona wanted the tower.

"Most comments I get about Telstra towers is that they don't want them - in Poona that's the exact

opposite," he said.

"It is against the planning scheme, but having towers near us in this day and age, that's the way it is."

Cr Truscott said he would speak with council officers in the next few weeks in the hope they would recommend the tower.

"There are circumstances where you can assess the situation and check the sentiment of the people," he said.

The council next meets at Maryborough on July 30.

Topics:  internet nbn poona



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