CVC rejects Optus' Iluka proposal

THERE are many happy faces in Iluka this morning after last night's decision by Clarence Valley Council to reject an Optus bid to erect a mobile phone tower in Henry Searle Drive.

All councillors except Margaret McKenna voted to reject the proposal, which would have seen the 40-metre high tower erected next door to several homes and workplaces.

Cr McKenna had unsuccessfully moved a motion to defer a decision, following a request from Optus to do so.

The full council rejected the application on four separate grounds: the site was too close to residential areas; it would impact on the surrounding environment; it conflicted with council's planning documents, and; the Iluka community overwhelmingly did not want it.

The decision followed several months of consultation between council, Optus and Iluka residents concerned about possible adverse health consequences stemming from the tower.

Sue Crompton was one of many Iluka residents who publicly opposed the tower on health grounds.

“This is a great decision; it's just what the community wanted,” she said.

“Everyone in Iluka is happy to have a tower, but that location is unsuitable because there are people living there. We're also happy because the decision means we won't be losing our doctor. That was a big concern.”



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