Optus to erect antennae on Bathurst post office roof

BACK TO BASE: Optus will soon add their own telecommunications antennae to the infrastructure already on the post office roof. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101716ctwor1

BACK TO BASE: Optus will soon add their own telecommunications antennae to the infrastructure already on the post office roof. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101716ctwor1

OPTUS will build a new mobile phone base station on the roof of the Bathurst post office to improve service coverage in the CBD.

Bathurst Regional Council has approved a development application to erect three 2.8-metre antennae on top of the four-storey building.

NBN and Vodafone already have telecommunications infrastructure on the post office building.

An environment assessment lodged with council said Optus considered a number of sites in the CBD before deciding the post office was the most suitable.

The assessment said the site was “particularly targeted to provide the optimal quality of service as required by Optus for the outskirts of the Bathurst urban area”.

“The site has been co-sited with existing telecommunications infrastructure on the rooftop to minimise the visual impact caused,” the report states.

“The use of a tall rooftop within the CBD removes the need to construct a new tower ... reducing the visual impact of the facility and reducing telecommunications infrastructure clutter.”

TOWER: Aerial view.

TOWER: Aerial view.

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