Opinions in Yallingup are divided on where the NBN tower should be located.THE Yallingup National Broadband Network tower has divided opinions in the community on where it should be located.
The final decision for the location is up to City of Busselton councillors who will vote on the matter in the coming months.
The NBN is an upgrade to Australia’s telecommunication network and should provide people with access to fast and reliable internet services.
Some residents and landowners in the surrounding area of Gunyulgup Valley are concerned about the visual impact of the tower which was reported in the Mail on January 20.
Other residents in the Yallingup community have expressed concerns about the need for better telecommunication services in the area.
Resident Peter Campbell who works behind the scenes with the Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bushfire Brigade said improved telecommunications were vital for emergency situations.
Mr Campbell said many residents in the area were plagued by poor mobile and internet coverage which hindered their ability to be bushfire ready.
“People look at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services updates on the internet,” he said.
“If you have bad coverage you can not do that, it is about improving communication and safety.”
He said the towers in the Dunsborough Yallingup rural areas piggybacked off one another and if one of the towers was not in the right location the whole network would not work as well as it should.
Smiths Beach resident Bill Mitchell said he originally developed the rural lots in Gunyulgup Valley and had worked tirelessly to maintain the “pristine” environment during the development.
Mr Mitchell said he went to great lengths to install underground power in parts of the subdivision to protect the integrity of the environment.
He was disappointed to find out 20 years on that an NBN tower may be erected in the valley.
“At the time the development in Gunyulgup Valley had the most heavily covenanted development restrictions approved in the state’s history,” he said.
“It was set to maintain the natural amenity, landscape and environmental outlook from a tourist facility.”
Resident Colin Walker whose parent will house the tower said there were misconceptions in the community about the NBN tower.
He said an environmental impact assessment had been done and the project was given the green light.
“One thing we are proud of is there will be little damage done to vegetation we plan to use an area of natural clearing,” he said.
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