Public dissatisfaction with NBN proposals grow

The NBN is facing public dissatisfaction around Australia over development applications for towers and facilities for the NBN

A fixed wireless tower in Tasmania for the National Broadband Network (NBN) is in dispute, following the initial approval of the tower by Huon Valley Council.

Resident Jody Watkins is appealing the construction of a fixed wireless tower in the Huon Valley area in Tasmania on the grounds that inadequate notice was given to residents for the development application.

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It is local councils' responsibility to erect signage on sites where development applications have been lodged.

The development proposal is currently before the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT), following a directions hearing this week.

The proposed tower at Garden Island Creek would provide NBN fixed wireless coverage to Garden Island Creek and serve as an ‘anchor point’ for other NBN wireless facilities in the wider Hobart area.

In supporting information to the RMPAT, Watkins claimed that during the statutory notification period, no signage was posted on the proposed site alerting residents that a development application had been lodged for the site.

“Given that the development application was not notified as prescribed, Huon Valley Council has no authority to grant a permit in relation to the development application…” Watkins stated in her supporting information.

“I am seeking an order restraining NBN Co from undertaking any works or commencing the use of the site for purposes of the proposed telecommunications tower unless and until it obtains a valid permit for the use or development.”

However, Watkins could find herself without grounds for appeal, with the RMPAT stating in a letter following the directions hearing that “Watkins did not make a representation within the required statutory time frame”.

Five directions have now been issued by the RMPAT to try and resolve the issue. Huon Valley Council is required to submit an evidentiary form which shows its decision making process in approving the tower.

Following the submission from council, Watkins and NBN Co have 48 hours to point out factual disputes, which, if raised, would result in a hearing being held before the RMPAT.

“As indicated at the directions hearing, the Tribunal is not presently satisfied that there is sufficient material to satisfy the Tribunal on a prima facie basis that a breach has occurred,” the RMPAT said in a letter.

More public dissent in NSW

NBN Co has been criticised by residents in Wolumla, on the south coast of NSW, over a proposed satellite ground station to be built in the area.

Bega Valley Shire Council recently approved the sale of a property on Wanatta Lane in Frogs Hollow to NBN Co for $150,000, subject to environmental protections around a central waste facility (CWF) being built on the site.

The ABC reported today that the Wolumla Residents Action Group is “devastated” the land is being sold to NBN Co and the land was intended to house cattle.

Details of the contract and two reports from AECOM for the proposed facility and an environmental assessment of the CWF are currently only viewable by councillors.

A spokesperson from Bega Valley Shire Council told Computerworld Australia the contract has not been finalised and may not happen until 2013.

NBN Co is building 10 satellite ground stations across Australia in contracts worth $180 million.

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14 Comments

Steven

1

Wireless is the future apparently... hahaha

Jason

2

Tasmania.... Yep say no more but a bunch of tree hugging primatives.

Wayne

3

I am sure if NBNco was to put a marijuana plantation on the hill side all the hippie greeneis would be happy.

gnome

4

Only if the marijuana plantation was fertilised with secret herbs distributed at midnight from an old cowhorn, and the whole thing was powered by, like, really expensive dreamtime wind turbines (as long as they are paid for by somebody else, and located well out of earshot near other people's back yards).

Abel Adamski

5

Just walk away and put them at the back of the list. As anchor location that will mean that whole area. Haven't got time to waste.
Let them get the Coalition Solution.
Even then to get anything they will be waiting until maybe 2020 once the pause , productivity commission, replan, possibly give it all to Telstra along with Buckets of taxpayer monies so they can continue their banditry for the shareholders benefit
Any disagreement take it up with the objectors

Abel Adamski

6

Politically motivated. ?
I wonder if they would object if Telstra was putting up mobile phone towers. ?

gnome

7

@5 Abel, there is a Coalition Solution?

In the years-long cascade of words from them about NBN, it's hard to discern any coherent policy at all, unless we count chanting 'cheaper and faster' as a policy.

Abel Adamski

8

@Gnome
Exactly, either staus quo or the good old Telstra ripoff.
Don't knock the mantra's, don't do much but gee they sound good

Daniel

9

How can it be not enough notice? Or perhaps the Council is just fucking lazy?

I'm pretty sure that the NBN has a list of towers and locations for a while now.

Daniel

10

Also what happened to the initial approval ? Sounds like a complete stuff up by the Council, and then blaming NBNCo by making it sounding like it was the residents who are complaining - you never know with these ratbag councils.

"following the initial approval of the tower by Huon Valley Council"

Abel Adamski

11

Daniel
"Resident Jody Watkins is appealing the construction of a fixed wireless tower in the Huon Valley area in Tasmania on the grounds that inadequate notice was given to residents for the development application."

A Technicality as grounds for creating problems and delays for "Labors NBN"
More than likely one of those disgruntled Telstra shareholders that paid $7 a share hoping to have Telstra screwing the country and our future just so the share price will rise close to what she paid for it.
Note the headline on the article

bobby

12

This is the same Huon Valley council that only just recently supplied recycling bins to it's local residents. Yes, it's 2012.

bobby

13

I really don't think the local residents would have an issue. The council is just incompetent. And no, not everyone is a hippy in this region so I doubt it's that.

R

14

so the property in wolumla was to house cattle. whose cattle? and if in fact thats correct, why didnt said cattle owner buy the damn property. you cant house your cattle wherever you like.

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