A PROPOSED new transmission tower at Mailors Flat for the national broadband network is in the flight line for Warrnambool Airport users, but is likely to be cleared for take-off.
The 40-metre monopole planned for Ibbs Lane has sparked a protest from local residents worried it will spoil the neighbourhood character.
Some aviation enthusiasts are puzzled about its position on the nearby airport flight path.
Warrnambool’s Stephen Lucas, who is chairman of the airport advisory committee, told The Standard he was sending a letter to Moyne Shire Council as a private citizen expressing his concern.
“Our committee wasn’t aware of the plan and was not asked to make a submission,” he said.
“Although the tower won’t impinge on height limitations for the flight path, I’m of the view it would be better relocated away from the airport.
“I’m writing to the Moyne Shire Council saying I don’t support the application and don’t think the site is appropriate.”
The communications company told The Standard yesterday its Mailors Flat proposal complied with Moyne Shire Council’s planning controls.
“NBN Co and its consultants have reviewed and assessed the current proposal in consultation with Air Services Australia to ensure that there are no further concerns in relation to its proximity to the airport,” a spokesperson said.
“Air Services Australia has confirmed that it has no objections to the current proposal.”