Telstra alters plans for Shoalhaven Heads tower

SHOALHAVEN City Council has received a development application to modify consent for a Telstra telecommunication tower at Shoalhaven Heads.

The proposed 33.6m Telstra Tower at 111A Shoalhaven Heads Road will include a 30-metre monopole and up to six panel antennas and the installation of a base station outdoor unit and associated security fencing.

The application was originally approved in August 2013, with the telecommunications company now wanting to modify the design to allow it to cater for updated technologies such as 4G.

The company said since approval it had extensively rolled out 4G to the wider Shoalhaven and intended to provide 4G services on the Shoalhaven Heads location as soon as the tower was constructed.

It would mean a change from three panel antennas and the provision for a further three to the installation of six panel antennas, the installation of six remote radio units to improve efficiency of the facility to provide consistent call quality, lowering the risk of call dropouts. 

There would also be a slight increase in the electromagnetic energy (EME) levels, but it would still be compliant with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Protection Standard (ARPANSA).


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