Plan for third telecommunications tower at Round Hill

ALREADY home to two telecommunications towers, Round Hill might soon get a third.

Gladstone Regional Council is seeking expressions of interest for the lease of land slated for construction of a tower on the hill.

Councillor Maxine Brushe said communications infrastructure in the Gladstone region were severely lacking, and any efforts to improve it should be supported.

"Communications in this area are at a real pinch point," she said.

"In some areas mobile coverage is very intermittent.

"We're living in the 21st century not the 20th century, but we seem to be more in the 20th century unfortunately.

"We've been endeavouring to improve this for a very long time."

In 2008, the council intended to build a third tower on the hill.

The plan however was abandoned.

The third tower was never constructed "for a variety of reasons", according to a tender document.

The site is ideal for construction of a communications tower, the document states.

The council is seeking a long-term lease of the site.

Construction of a shelter, security fence, antennae, tower and any other associated fixtures would be allowed under the lease arrangement advertised by the council.

The council has requested proponents describe the benefits to council from a tower's construction and benefits to the community and telecommunication companies.

Mayor Gail Sellers said a preferred tower height or structure had not been established.

"Therefore negotiations would need to occur between (the) council and the proponent on the most appropriate structure," she said. "Any proposal would also require development approval."

Fast facts

  • Gladstone Regional Council seeks a proponent to lease land on Round Hill, Gladstone, and build a telecommunications tower
  • It will be the third tower on the hill
  • Expressions of interest are now being accepted

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