Heads up over planned Next G tower

NO SERVICE: Shoalhaven Heads resident Trevor Aspin attempts to get reception on his mobile phone.SHOALHAVEN Heads residents could soon benefit from faster and better internet and phone coverage with Telstra planning to build a new Next G tower in the town.Currently the Shoalhaven Heads Telstra service is operating from an umbrella tower at Moeyan Hill, which also services Berry and Bomaderry.Congestion from increased data usage has resulted in poor indoor coverage and slow internet speed in Shoalhaven Heads.In a bid to relieve congestion and improve services, Telstra has begun construction of a new tower at an industrial site in Bomaderry, which is specifically dedicated to the town.However, to improve the quality of service in Shoalhaven Heads, a new tower has to be built in the centre of Shoalhaven Heads.The proposed location is at Vic Zealand Oval on the south eastern corner near Shoalhaven Heads Road.“To locate a site on the outskirts of Shoalhaven Heads will not ensure that the whole of Shoalhaven Heads is serviced,” said Telstra area general manager of the Illawarra region Michael Marom.“To relieve the capacity off Moeyan Hill and to improve the lax indoor coverage in Shoalhaven Heads a facility needs to be built in Shoalhaven Heads.”A 30-metre monopole with mounted antennae will replace an existing wooden light pole; the lights will be secured to the new monopole at the same height.According to Mr Marom, Telstra is often bombarded with health queries when it plans to construct a new tower.He said that Telstra is required to adhere to strict regulations regarding electromagnetic emissions (EME).“Telstra is required to comply with the mandated standard for EME, which is based on safety guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisation,” he said.“This works by limiting the network coverage signal to a level low enough to protect all people, in all environments, 24 hours a day.”Anne-Louise O’Connor, a Shoalhaven Heads resident, said the issue had been discussed at the town’s Community Forum meetings on several occasions and the general consensus was that the community was in favour of the tower.“We have appalling coverage here and I think it can only be a good thing for the village,” she said.“There will always be people who have a few concerns about health and safety issues but at the end of the day Telstra has to follow strict guidelines which regulate that.”President of the Community Forum Trevor Aspin said there was a unanimous vote in favour of the tower.“I think like most residents I’m really frustrated by the situation and quite relieved that Telstra is doing something about it,” he said.“At the moment if I want to get reception on my phone, I either have to stand outside in the middle of the road or in the corner of my backyard standing on top of something.”Council is yet to receive the development application from Telstra, however the company is encouraging the Shoalhaven Heads community to provide feedback on the proposed tower, by emailing Telstra representative Ashe Earlpeacock at [email protected]南京夜网.au.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.