NEW HORIZON?: Peter Burton points out the proposed site for the NBN tower at Stabiles Rd. Photo Ella Archibald-Binge / Stanthorpe Border Post
NEW HORIZON?: Peter Burton points out the proposed site for the NBN tower at Stabiles Rd. Photo Ella Archibald-Binge / Stanthorpe Border Post Ella Archibald-Binge

NBN decision deferred, again

FOR the second month in a row, the Southern Downs Regional Council has voted to defer its decision on the construction of a 40m NBN tower on Stabiles Rd, Glen Aplin.

Last month the decision was deferred after the councillors asked NBN Co to provide reasons on why alternative sites were rejected.

Despite receiving this information the councillors voted to once again defer the decision, this time asking the applicant to consider alternative options.

Cr Jo McNally said councillors should not be looking for an easy way out.

"We can't just say 'it is too hard we will just let it go to court so someone else can decide'," she said.

"If there are those who want to refuse, it has to be because there are planning reasons for it not to go ahead."

Director of planning and environment Ken Harris said the council could only make a decision on the application in front of them.

"The council's role is to determine applications on the site proposed," he said.

"You can't tell them to use another location.

"If you are not satisfied with this site, you can stop it."

Glen Aplin resident Peter Burton said objectors wanted NBN Co's contractors Daly International to reconsider a site at Kruger Lane.

"It's a more desirable site with its higher coverage and lack of houses," he said.

Mr Burton said Daly International advised they had not been able to contact the owners of the Kruger Lane property in time for last week's council meeting.

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