Optus wants to build a 40m communications tower on this Citrus Rd site at Palmwoods.
Optus wants to build a 40m communications tower on this Citrus Rd site at Palmwoods. Contributed

Optus fights for tower on leafy, rural block

OPTUS won't take no for an answer in its push to build a mobile phone tower in a rural Coast setting.

Neighbours of the Citrus Rd site at Palmwoods fired up after learning of a proposal to build a 40m pole aimed at improving Optus mobile coverage and NBN coverage.

It was one of six sites in the area Optus considered trying to build on.

Four other property owners were not willing to have a tower on their land and the fifth was deemed not suitable by Optus to achieve improved coverage.

Submissions made by neighbours to Sunshine Coast Council earlier this year focused on the visual impact of the infrastructure and its conflict with their rural setting.

The proposed tower's proximity to homes was also raised as an issue.

There were also letters from a resident and property owner saying they had no problem with the tower development.

The council refused the application last month, saying it conflicted with a planning scheme requirement for telecommunications infrastructure to be integrated in a sustainable and attractive manner which did not unduly impact on the amenity and landscape values of an area.

It also said the proposal conflicted with height, rural and telecommunications facility codes.

"The proposal has not demonstrated any other relevant matter to justify or override the identified conflicts.

Optus lodged a Planning and Environment Court challenge earlier this month seeking the refusal be overturned as well as costs of court proceedings.

It said the proposal did not have the conflicts the council identified and there were no other suitable sites in the Palmwoods area that would enable necessary telecommunications coverage.

The case continues.