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This page describes the chronological progress of the Dereel NBN Fixed Wireless tower, affectionately referred to as the Radiation Tower in recognition of Wendy McClelland, who coined the term. Part of this is a paraphrase of my online diary.

July 2011

NBN decides to erect a tower in Dereel.

29 August 2011

I get a call from Bryan Scott of NBN asking if I would be prepared to have the tower erected on my property.

6 December 2011:

NBN presents the project in the Dereel Hall.

13 March 2012:

The Golden Plains Shire council approves the application for the tower.

27 April 2012:

Wendy McClelland files an objection with Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal, citing mainly objections that fall outside the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

11 January 2013

VCAT held a “Practice Day Hearing” and set a date for the main hearing on 24 April 2013 at 10:00.

24 April 2013

VCAT hears the objections to the Radiation Tower.

21 May 2013

VCAT rejects the objections to the tower and allows construction to proceed.

3 September 2013

They've started building the Radiation Tower:


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11 September 2013

The components of the tower itself are now there:


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The site is visible in front of the trees in the first image.

27 September 2013

The site of the Radiation Tower has been quiet now for over two weeks. I've assumed that this is to allow the concrete of the base to harden, but it's also a concern because since the last real work we have a new, (NBN)-unfriendly government. So it was good to hear from Chris Bahlo today that Powercor had been on site and apparently installed a new transformer:


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It's some distance form the site, but that's where the power line runs.

2 October 2013

Yvonne went shopping this morning. She had barely left when I got an excited call “They're working on the tower!”. And so they were:


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The truck had an emblem from Task National Pty Ltd, a company that appears to have no web site. But I found references to employees, one of them a telecommunications engineer, so I assume they're doing more than just laying a power cable.

3 October 2013

The weather has been wet recently—in the last 10 days, we've had nearly 50 mm of rain, and it shows. Heard a report from Wendy, our neighbour across the road, that she had seen a crane bogged down in the paddock where the Radiation Tower is being erected. It sounds plausible:


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Chris Bahlo told me she saw a crane there this morning, too, so I went by later—this may be becoming a daily exercise at the moment. There was no crane there, but it's clear that they're assembling the tower in preparation for erection:


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It's interesting that the uplink antenna already appears to be mounted:

 
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I wonder if that's indicative of an imminent erection.

8 October 2013

Everybody's watching the progress on the Radiation Tower, and today was a milestone:


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How much longer? Hard to guess. Three weeks? A month?

9 October 2013

After yesterday's erection of the Radiation Tower, I was expecting a delay before the next stage, but it seems that they're continuing:


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My guess is that they're about to pour the concrete base.

13 October 2013

On the way into town, stopped at the Radiation Tower, of course. They've mounted the S-shaped cable channel:


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What needs to be done? The cabling, of course, but presumably that's almost only power, which shouldn't take too long.

22 October 2013

They're back at work on the Radiation Tower:


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It looks as if they're connecting up the power, which shouldn't take them too long. Hopefully it'll just be a few days now.

So: can I see the tower from my house? Up on the roof to take a look in that direction:


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Where is it? With the help of Google Maps, established that it's behind the gum trees in the middle of the view:


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This is from my Internet connection options map. Our house is the yellow pin at the bottom left, and the tower is the blue pin at top right. The others are historical: discounted alternate sites for the tower.

I suppose it would be visible from the north of the property even from the ground. But not that important: we don't need strict optical visibility.

25 October 2013

The work on the Radiation Tower this week looked like completion, so off to take a closer look. Up to now I have only taken photos from the road, but it looked like time to go in and take a closer look. For some reason they've locked the gates leading to the tower, though that's not the case with the other towers I've seen. In any case, it's easy enough to get in:


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And clearly the tower isn't complete yet:


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Still, there's not much to do. Next week maybe?

They've put in a generator here too, though unlike the one at Cape Clear, it seems to be temporary:


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It's not connected yet either:


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And can we see the tower from our property? As I suspected, it's visible from further north:


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In the first photo it's barely visible in the top middle of the image.

30 October 2013

They're doing more work on the Radiation Tower:


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At first I thought it was the electricity, but the heaps of soil don't seem right for that.

28 November 2013

NBN admits that the tower is serviceable, a couple of days after the ISPs reported the same status.

12 December 2013

We finally get connected to the NBN.


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