CORANGAMITE Shire has approved a new 45-metre-high telecommunications tower in Timboon.
The new tower will form part of the National Broadband Network and will deliver high-speed wireless internet to homes in the area.
It will be co-located with the existing Telstra and Optus towers adjacent to the Timboon golf course.
The permit also includes the construction of two smaller structures to be enclosed in a 2.2-metre-high security fence.
The shire’s manager of planning and building services Ray McInerny said two submissions about the application had been received, one in favour and one against.
“One submission was concerned about the visual impact, while the other wanted the tower to be higher to improve the service,” Mr McInerny said.
In moving a motion to approve the telecommunications tower, Cr Ruth Gstrein said the applicants had made every attempt to co-locate the tower with existing infrastructure.
“This will provide much needed infrastructure to the Timboon community,” Cr Gstrein said.
Cr Jo Beard said it was also noteworthy that the accompanying infrastructure was considerably smaller than those already there.
“As Cr Gstrein said, every effort has been made to co-locate with existing towers,” Cr Beard said
“I think we will see a lot more of these popping up over the coming months as the NBN rollout continues,” she said.