ONE of the country's tallest National Broadband Network towers will be built in southern Lake Macquarie after receiving approval from the council on Monday night.
The 55-metre tower, to be constructed on private property at Wyee Farms Road, Wyee, will provide wireless NBN coverage to parts of the suburb not served by fixed-line infrastructure.
The monopole is set to rise nine times above the maximum building height of the area.
After receiving a staff report recommending approval, councillors voted 10-1 at the ordinary meeting to approve the tower, despite pleas from a nearby resident to reject the proposal and calls for a site inspection from some councillors.
Aurecon Group, acting on behalf of NBN Co, submitted a development application for the telecommunications facility in March, 2018.
Five submissions were received about the proposal from nearby residents.
Issues raised within the submissions included the visual impact, height, ecological impacts, electromagnetic radiation, obstacle limitation surface and the location of an access track.
One adjoining property owner, who vigorously opposed the tower in their submission, said it would be a "complete destruction of our visual amenity".
"This NBN tower will be exceptionally visible from our house at 367m away and visible from all areas of our property," the resident said.
"At 55m this tower is excessively visually obtrusive. It will totally destroy the amenity of our farm and is highly inappropriate development for the area in question."
The resident said the visual impact assessment provided with the DA was "incomplete and misleading" as it had used selective viewpoints far away from the site.
The height of the tower is required to achieve a line of sight back to a fixed fibre hub located further to the south.
In its request for a variation to the area's height standard, Aurecon said "NBN considers the proposal to be in the public interest as the facility will be providing an essential service to residents, businesses and visitors".
"There are currently issues with basic coverage and the facility will greatly improve communication services in the area," it said.