A WIRELESS National Broadband Network (NBN) tower to be built at Bushfield has been recommended for approval by Warrnambool City Council officers.
Councillors will vote on whether to approve the tower at tonight’s council meeting.
A report to the council recommends the tower be granted a planning permit, despite attracting 19 written and emailed objections and a petition with 115 signatures.
While the petition carried no reasoning for the opposition to the tower, many of the objections referred to health concerns.
A report following Aus-tralian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) guidelines found there would be “no adverse impacts from the electromagnetic radiation as it estimates exposure levels to be 0.039 per cent” — well below acceptable standards issued by the World Health Organisation.
“There are no established health effects from these very low levels of RF EMR (radio frequency electromagnetic radiation),” the council report states, quoting an ARPANSA fact sheet.
Other objections related to the visual impact of the proposed 30-metre-high monopole, which will be located at the south-western corner of the Bushfield Recreation Reserve, as well as impact on property value and proximity to residences.
At the previous council meeting, several councillors questioned whether the change in government would affect the NBN proposal.
Other matters to be discussed at tonight’s meeting include:
n the Warrnambool draft coastal management plan;
n and a draft Warrnambool city-wide housing strategy.