Rosebank residents are opposing a NBN wireless tower – planned for later in the year – with resident Steven Davies claiming that a survey so far has over 140 locals saying ‘no’ to the tower and only five in favour.
He says he and fellow residents are battling the ‘relentless spin-doctoring of [telecommunications and information and communication technologies service company] Visionstream.’
‘Visionstream have no idea which homes will even be reached by the tower,’ he said.
‘In Rosebank, one of the most heavily populated parts of rural Australia, a high percentage of its residents will be battling to run businesses from home with the slowest imaginable connection speeds. Small business will suffer.’
‘Health and environmental costs are readily dismissed by NBN – studies highlight deleterious effects on vulnerable species and this ignores local values for this important wildlife corridor.
‘They avoid mentioning the 2011 WHO classification of electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) as Group 2B – “possibly carcinogenic,” or more recent independent studies on how EMR triggers the human brain into responding to it as daylight – even at night. Some family homes lie within 50 metres of the tower.
‘This is one of the most densely populated parts of Rosebank. It won’t be NBN Visionstream that sleeps uneasy.’
‘And all this for third rate broadband.
‘Ironically, Rosebank already has fibre to the exchange on the corner of Repentance Creek and Dunoon Road. Despite taunting many bypassed homes, there has been no cost benefit analysis for delivering fibre direct in Rosebank. Why? Because – as the consultants confirmed – NBN Visionstream only delivers towers to rural Australia.’
He says despite this and criticism from NBN’s own minister, Malcolm Turnbull, ‘NBN seems determined to deliver low-quality broadband to this highly populated rural community.’
The proposed location is 191 Rosebank Road. To get involved, simply like the Facebook page RosebankNBNActionGroup.