THE National Broadband Network will lease land at the Rupanyup Recreation Reserve.
Yarriambiack Shire Council approved the lease at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
The company will leave a portion of the council-owned land in the south-east corner of the reserve.
It plans to construct, maintain and operate a telecommunications tower from the site, which includes a 40-metre monopole.
The tower will provide fixed wireless coverage as part of the NBN.
Cr Ray Kingston said the lease was the last step in the approval process for the Rupanyup tower.
“It’s also the last piece of the puzzle for the Yarriambiack Shire,’’ he said.
“This is from the point of view that other towers have been approved or will be co-located.”
Cr Kingston said other tower sites included Hopetoun, Brim, Warracknabeal, Murtoa, Minyip and Rupanyup.
“When I say that’s all the towns for the shire, I say that it’s a little bit unfortunate that’s the case because Woomelang was originally down to get a tower,’’ he said.
He said Woomelang would now receive satellite access.
Cr Kingston said the change of Federal Government had brought about questions about the shire’s access to the NBN.
“It is unlikely to make any difference to locations receiving it via wireless or satellite, which is most of our shire,’’ he said.
“But for the timeline now, I don’t know. Before the election it was 2015.’’
Cr Kingston said he would wait and see what the Federal Government put forward.
He said he would keep an open mind.
“Wireless would be better than satellite,’’ he said.
“If we could get fibre to the premises that would be better again.
“But whatever we get it’s better than not having it at all.’’