Optus extends community consultation period for Seaham mobile station and tower

Optus has heeded calls to extend the community consultation period for its proposed mobile station and tower in Seaham.

The feedback period will now end on Friday, April 13 after Seaham residents lobbied the telecommunication company to extend the deadline, and called on Port Stephens MP Kate Washington and the federal member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie to assist.

Ms Washington and Dr Gillespie also called on Optus to investigate an alternative site put forward for the station, relocating it from the proposed site of Warren Street, the main road leading into town, to Brandy Hill Quarry.

Draft design plan of the Seaham mobile station.

Draft design plan of the Seaham mobile station.

Optus has put forward plans to install 42-metre ‘monopole’ and a new mobile base station close to homes off Warren Road – the main road leading into town.

The station is to improve reception for mobile calls and text, enhance mobile services such as internet browsing and accommodate NBN services.

Residents object to the Warren Street location, saying it would be too close to homes.

The current proposal will see the tower and station located within 80 and 100 metres of two family homes

“People move to areas like Seaham to enjoy a more rural lifestyle and we certainly don’t think a 42m tower is in keeping with that,” resident Renae Morgan said. 

“Brandy Hill Quarry was put forward as an alternative site and this is away from homes and out of sight.”

Optus has told the Examiner that it uses customer feedback and its own analysis to “identify the best area to ensure improved voice and data services for customers”. 

“This includes a range of factors, such as topography, vegetation and availability of land,” it said.

To provide feedback go to www.rfnsa2.com.au and search 2324021 (the proposed site number).