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Wilsons Creek residents take class action against Telstra tower

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A nationwide class action is being filed against government and industry for harmful exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) by Wilsons Creek locals over the development application for a Telstra microwave tower in their valley. 

The effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is a contentious issue for many; those who have sought to avoid EMR towers for health reasons have been vilified.

However, there is an increasing body of scientific literature that is now challenging the safety of EMR, and Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA) is a group of concerned scientists from a range of disciplines that have been bringing this material together. 

Locally, this is coming to a head around the proposed 35m Telstra microwave tower in Wilsons Creek with locals and other concerned community members forming the Environment and Community Safe from Radiation Association (ECSRA). 

ECSRA told The Echo they are now in the process of filing a nationwide class action against the government and industry, ‘for failing to protect the citizens of Australia against exposure to harmful EMR from consumer products and industrial facilities such as mobile phone towers, and for forcing, without public consent, a potential carcinogen onto all Australians.’

And they have some impressive backing, with barrister Raymond Broomhall from former Justice Michael Kirby’s chambers coming on board to run the case. 

One local resident of 26 years, Barbara Cummings, told The Echo that she will have to consider selling her home if the Wilsons Creek tower goes ahead. 

300m from home

‘The apex of the tower will be directly in line with our house, only 300m away’ said Barbara. ‘My husband already has cancer and we don’t need this as well.’

According to Victor Leach from ORSAA, ‘There is published evidence in the scientific literature reporting increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioural symptoms and/or cancer in populations living at distances of less than 500 metres from base stations.’

Sufficient evidence

‘Experts such as oncologist Professor Lennart Hardell (at Örebro University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden) now consider there is sufficient evidence for radiofrequency (RF) radiation to be classified as a human Group 1 carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) definition. It is currently classified as a group 2B as a “possible” human carcinogen.’

ECSRA have pointed out that there are already a number of towers throughout the Byron Shire and say that that ‘the imminent 5G rollout, which is an integral part of the government/telco black spot program, requires one tower approximately every two to twelve houses.’

Public event August 4, Mullum

A public meeting is being called on August 4 in Mullumbimby from 4 till 9pm, venue to be confirmed, for those wanting to find out more about EMR.

Speakers include Barrister Raymond Broomhall (former Justice Michael Kirby’s office), Victor Leach from ORSAA and Dr Russell Cooper, an integrative medical doctor who specialises in environmental and nutritional medicine.

There will be a soup kitchen and live music during intermission. 

‘This is a free public event. Any offers of contributions to support this campaign will be gratefully received at the door,’ said an ESCRA spokesperson. 

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  1. Since the 6th of June -the residents of Lillian Rock have held a 24 Hour 7 day week ‘Lawful Assembly’ opposing a 50 mtr (150′) telstra tower proposal here at the Lillian Rock site.
    – and we will remain here until this tower proposal is removed .
    We have also had to endure ‘false allegations’ made by an ‘un named’ telstra worker who claimed in this newspaper that we as peaceful residents were ‘blocking entry’ to this site & that the residents want this tower.We have hundreds of signatures opposing it – dozens of photos & video’s that prove this “blocking entry” completely untrue .
    If this tower goes ahead it will be within 3 mtrs of our regional exchange school bus stop-It will be within 120 to 150 mtrs of the nearest dwelling & only a few metres more to other dwellings. Only 4 to 10 metres away from the nearest families orchards that rely on pollination.
    Wilful blindness cannot ignore the facts – because these these monstrous toxic towers are not only a stain on the very integrity of these landscapes but a very real threat for this regions environmental health the interference from these towers have been well proven– in this region the very land itself be it grassland or heavily treed that sit either side of our small rural roads are the very wildlife corridors that assist all wildlife / birds & pollinators to migrate for breeding food & pollination and to connect to the 3 World Heritage National Parks namely ‘Nightcap Range’ & The Border Ranges and the majestic ‘Wollumbin ( Mt Warning )
    these ‘protected’ and magnificent World Heritage Rain forests in this far northern pocket between Byron Bay and right through to the Queensland Lamington ranges are simply what they are – the whole region “ An Environmentally Sensitive Area” No amount of deceitful “hoodwinking” the communities or councils can change this fact – this is not a playground for an experiment on our natural world to try & prove this toxic style for communication is in any way ‘safe’ . Other countries around the world are removing them -These Towers have to come down ! Sending loads of Love to ~ ECSRA ***
    Melissa ~

  2. Wonderful – people are finally waking up.
    For those naysayers watch ‘Resonance – Beings of Frequency’ on youtube.

  3. The non-profit Wireless Education has built training courses to quickly bring the public up to speed on the risks of today’s wireless technology, the peer-reviewed science, and ways to access technology more safely. For a nominal fee to help cover operating expenses, you and your loved ones can be well educated in about a half hour, and receive a handy tip sheet with device-specific information to reduce microwave radiation exposures. Please see: https://www.wirelesseducation.org/store/l2/

  4. well maybe those who dont want others to have internet and mobile phones, should sod off to america and join the Amish people !

  5. Yes, where is the class action at? I was booted from the Stop 5G Adelaide site for asking questions politely – they claimed they were in communications with Broomhall to arrange a visit but this was months ago. Several members of that group have phoned and emailed Broomhall and there is no response?

    ECSRA are collecting funds from the site, but there is no apparent charity status and if the group is an Incorporated Association is not listed on Fair Trading NSW or the Charities Register?

    There are no full names of the Committee members on the site?

    The site does not meet the basic legals of a fund raiser community group, so this would eradicate any standing in court for a proposed class action, so seems a little odd?

    How much to date has been raised since the high profile attendance of Broomhall?


    • Following. [Yes, am also attempting to find evidence of *real* legal action being taken. Maybe it exists but have NOT found yet.]

  6. Its great to see the real; people in this country sanding up for the rights of themselves and we support them
    AS far as the two posters go above. The fact is there are many class actions going ahead not just what Ray Broomhall is doing. In fact there has already been a case im informed heard up in QLD where in the end.. they had to addmitt the towers stated the fires. We were informed , that they claimed two towers wre not talking to each other correctly. Umm they must have the same problem in USA huh.
    5 G is not new. It was used in world war 11 ago and in Iraq.


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