The following photos show a story that continues around Australia. New communication towers being erected and or existing requiring upgrades as technology continues to surpass its current capability.
The photos illustrate the work involved is such projects, from the initial investigation of the site to the preparation of high tensile steel reinforcing and pouring high strength concrete to secure the tower.
The Tower Building Program is developed by the National Broadband Network who has the knowledge and expertise to build dedicated wireless infrastructure. The team has developed relationships with a National network of appraised specialist consultants and contractors. One of these contractors is illustrated in the photos, currently working on site at Imbil, Queensland.
This particular tower is currently being assembled for the National Broadband Network and future Optus connection in order to increase communication capacity around the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Hundreds of similar towers are planned around Australia as demand for instantaneous broadband increases.
Many of the sites where the Towers are planned can be quite inaccessible and may require earthworks to secure a safe and non hazardous area for the contractors to begin construction. Work Health and Safety is paramount at all sites, strict guidelines ensure the safety of workers onsite at all times.
The majority of towers are erected on private land so suffice to say many landowners object to this type of intrusion and strongly object to the installations. One case in particular in a small rural town objected strongly to a proposed NBN tower. A quote from an NBN spokesman said, “their wireless towers would emit radiation that was within a “small fraction of acceptable safety limits” for electromagnetic energy, much less than television and radio broadcasts”. A local councillor admitted he would not live next to one of the towers regardless of what they did or did not emit. The fight continues.
On the other hand, many also welcome the compensation paid by the providers to lease their land which can be as much as $50,000 per annum. As drought continues in much of Queensland, there would be many farmers wanting an opportunity to lease out a small parcel of their land to the NBN.