Applications lodged

A number of new planning permit applications have been lodged as part of National Broadband Network Co’s plan to deliver high speed services to areas across Gippsland who have had limited internet access to date.

There have now been five of an expected 12 planning permit applications for Latrobe advertised for the 40-metre tall mono-towers to be installed by Ericsson Australia.

Latrobe City Council said remaining applications would be advertised once more information had been received from the applicant.

The latest applications are for land on Jumbuk Road, Yinnar, 345 Quarry Road, Yallourn North and 280A Princes Street, Traralgon.

Decisions on each of the latest applications will be made after 21 February and potential objectors are asked to contact council in writing.

Latrobe City manager city planning Chris Wightman said council would notify small town associations, wherever one was in the vicinity of a proposed tower, of the planning permit applications “as a forum to get the word out”.

He said if no objections were raised council had the delegation to issue a permit and matters would only be raised in a council meeting if efforts to resolve objections, through mediation, failed.

Controversy has dogged NBN Co as it seeks to secure agreements with landowners to accommodate the towers on private property, with numerous sources claiming consultation over their location was insufficient.