A towering issue is in spotlight

IT WAS possibly the most polite protest seen in Lismore when a group of residents met with Optus officials on Wednesday to discuss a proposed 25m telecommunication tower in Ross St.

About 20 residents concerned about the visual impact and potential electromagnetic emissions gathered under two towering cherry pickers placed to illustrate options on the western boundary of Southern Cross University.

An Optus representative said on Thursday they were keen to accommodate residents concerns but were waiting on performance test results before making a final decision.

Resident Barry Gregor said a workable compromise had been reached that should see the tower repositioned further away from houses.

“It's not what we wanted but it's a reasonable compromise,” he said.

“We said from the beginning that we didn't want it in our backyard, but we also didn't want to inflict problems on someone else; we felt that was the right way to go.

“Councillors Neil Marks and Isaac Smith were very helpful, and the way Thomas George convened things was excellent.”



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