The NBN Co wants to place a 40 metre tower on land overshadowing our family's private bush sanctuary, as part of the national broadband network rollout.
Our neighbour has agreed to have the tower on the boundary of his property, in return for money - but the tower will only be visible from our home, not his.
Broadband towers emit high levels of radiation and are considered both an eyesore and a threat to health - although the NBN Co says the radiation is not high enough to be dangerous.
Our property is a beautiful bush sanctuary in the NSW Central West, featuring a cutting edge sustainable earth covered home that has been recognised nationally for its sensitivity to its environment and its unique energy efficient properties. It has been acknowledged as a leading example of sustainable lifestyle and is not on the grid - generating its own solar power and collecting its own water.
The 100 acre property is home to a wide variety of native animals and has been painstakingly regenerated over 30 years by my family. It is also a food source for the family, with an organic garden and orchard.
A massive broadband tower pulsing high levels of radiation over the valley to Mt Panorama, would be both a visual blight on the property, and a health threat to our family - including our elderly mother who resides there and the generations of our family who live there for years to come.
By signing this petition, you can support our right to NOT have a broadband tower on - or near - our private bush sanctuary AND support everyone's right to say no to such infrastructure on or near, their own private properties.
- NBN Co
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I am writing to oppose the building of a broadband tower on the boundary of 'Boonderoo', Rockforest, NSW. This petition is to lobby for the right of the property owners to reject proposed NBN infrastructure on or near their land.
As part of the national broadband network rollout, your company is considering placing a tower on the immediate boundary of the neighbouring property, overshadowing the private bush residence long owned by a local family.
The Stuebe's property is a well known bush sanctuary featuring a cutting edge sustainable earth covered home - that has been recognised both locally and nationally for its sensitivity to its environment and its unique energy efficient properties.
The house, built by the late master craftsman Walter Stuebe, has been acknowledged as a leading example of sustainable lifestyle and is not on the grid - generating its own solar power and collecting its own water.
For the last 30 years the Stuebes have gone to extraordinary lengths to minimise any environmental impacts on the land - constructing building so that natural lines of the landscape were preserved; painstakingly regenerating the bush; planting thousands of trees grown from hand harvested seed; pioneering new methods of weed control; and carefully considering the impact of every action on the land, the flora, the fauna and our neighbours.
They have been dedicated to returning the bush to it's natural state, after it had been inappropriately grazed and felled for many years.
As a result, the property has served as an inspirational & educational example of living in tune with the environment for the many interest groups who tour it each year from both the local and international community.
Whilst the neighbour has agreed to have the NBN tower on his land in return for your annual sum of money, the tower will only be visible to the Stuebes - completely defacing their landscape and view.
Broadband towers emit high levels of electro magnetic radiation and are widely considered to be unsafe. As their safety has not been proven, the precautionary principle should prevail and they should not be allowed near residential homes.
It is incumbent on the NBN Co to find tower sites which are acceptable to the residents of the area - including any immediate neighbours to proposed infrastructure sites. Where there is not acceptance, the tower should not be allowed.
An alternative tower site needs to be sourced - where all affected parties are in agreement to host such infrastructure. Alternatives are also available for providing access to internet in regional areas - such as satellite services. The NBN Co should provide options to communities - rather than imposing fixed wireless services that require towers.
The private bush property 'Boonderoo' is of environmental, architectural and social significance to the community of Bathurst and region. It is of high personal significance to the resident landowners and is a fragile ecosystem in recovery. A broadband tower would deface the property and irrevocably alter its unique characteristics and contribution to the area.
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