Residents opposed to Telstra tower

VICKI Lomasney's street is in a nice estate with well-kept homes and a lot of housing development.  

So she and her neighbours are dumbfounded by an application from Telstra to construct a 30-metre telecommunications tower on a block of land right on their doorstep.  

Residents like Vicki fear the parcel of land, already owned by the company, would become more of an eyesore, and there are concerns for the value of their properties and their health if the development is approved.  

Vicki yesterday said she and her neighbours in Clayton's Road, Yeppoon, received a letter from Telstra outlining the proposal, which was met with anger.  

Vicki said a petition against the development has been started by residents, and the group had lodged an objection to the proposed tower on the grounds of health risks and aesthetics.  

Vicki said the nearest homes were less than 50 metres away and she questioned the need to locate a tower so close to young families.  

"In the information supplied about the proposed tower, it identified a previous site at Oceania Cres had been found unsuitable due to community and council concern and we can't understand why the same concerns wouldn't apply to the current application," she said.  

Cr Bill Ludwig said it was a totally inappropriate location, from both a visual perspective and the overall character of the area, and he would work with residents and talk to council planners.  

The Morning Bulletin understands there was no formal application for a tower at Oceania Cres and a water reservoir nearby may be a factor.  

The proposed site is private freehold land.

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