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Locals from Wilsons Creek objecting to the installation of a Telstra tower in their area. Photo supplied.

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Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.

Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.

In making its recommendation, Byron Council staff took into account the potential impact of EMR on wildlife as well as its planned location in an area of high biodiversity.

‘The proposal raised a significant level of objection from the community in terms of siting, environmental impacts, health and amenity impacts, electro magnetic radiation, visual impacts, proximity to power lines and surrounding residential properties,’ staff wrote in their recommendation.

‘It is considered that the development does not meet Council’s planning controls or standards, having regards to the height provisions within Byron LEP 1988, and the objectives of the 7(c) Water Catchment Zone. Further having regards to the number of objections it is considered the proposed telecommunications tower is not in the public interest.’

Byron councillors will make the final decision at their meeting on Thursday (September 20).

Members of the group Environment and Community Safe from Radiation will address councillors during public access.

But they still have a plan to continue with the court case if the decision goes against them.

The group told its supporters in a recent email that ‘in the unlikely event the councillors approve the tower DA we ask that you please forward a copy of all correspondence between you and the council, state or federal governments, Service Stream or Telstra in order for our barrister to commence legal action’.

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  1. Whilst I am happy to read this and do not support endless towers across our countryside, will these same people help get our existing copper wire network improved or implement some alternative to our woeful telecommunications in the valley?

  2. One wonders just how many of those NIMBYs used their mobile phones to lodge their complaints.

    A couple of years ago I encountered a similar bunch of NIMBYs at the Main Arm shop, all whingeing about the proposed Main Arm tower – and all doing it on their mobile phones while complaining about poor reception. Ironic.

    Do these people avoid direct sunlight, from which we all receive a goodly dose of EMR?


  3. The copper net work is in disrepair. Shonky wire connections and the ever present reality of wild life using them as transit routes. Water in the circuit points which gives us continual static on the line.

    My phone line was compromised for a month last December, the fault was near my dwelling. It took at least 15 phone calls to the overseas call centres to end up with me going to town to wait for the on ground workers.
    I then found their I Pads had contradictory information on my connection.

    In years past Telstra sent 2 workers to faults in the valleys. Now one worker, when he finally shows up and usually he is quite stressed.

    No direct advice is offered to us what we should do to safe guard our phone connections, vital to all of us living in a non mobile connection area.

    Is the satellite the way of the future? Where do I get reliable and truthful advice?

  4. If things continue down the wifi wireless direction, no person will truely know what a good deep regenerative sleep is. People are already experiencing a reduced quality of life, weird, strange chronic illness/pain. Sleep disturbances and anxiety issues. There is enough evidence to believe microwave radiation will have serious biological effects on all life. I already know it, cannot sleep where there’s a wifi signal stronger than 1 single bar. The feeling through the night includes increase thirst, frequent urination, anxiety, poor circulation/cold, body odour from sweating. And then it takes ages to get going the following day. My family experience the opposite, living in our country home with no microwaves around us. We have a corded internet system. I’m seriously concerned about the 5G roll out and the talk of wifi satilights (?spell?)

    Yay Byron Shire Council and local communities apposing the microwave tower. I wish things could return to back to reliable land line services and public phone booths. Remember message bank and how easy it was to get an important message when out on the run? Far out.


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