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Only a matter of days since the community resoundingly rejected a Telstra tower at Wilsons Creek, NBN are now proposing an even larger, visually intrusive facility at Durrumbul. A 45m lattice-type tower is proposed to be centrally located in the escarpment landscape within 500m of Durrumbul School and be visible from Mullumbimby.

This facility will release microwave EMR emissions into the environment onto people who choose to live in freedom from a toxic pollutant. 

Children absorb five times more microwave radiation than adults and are therefore highly vulnerable. Brain cancer kills more children today than any other disease and more adults under 40 than any other cancer. Why? 

A public meeting is being held on Thursday 25 October, Durrumbul Hall at 6pm.

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  1. Anton, I’m a dissident.you’re Fake Noos. if you knew how the towers worked, you might know that the towers communicate by a focussed microwave beam. then they emit RADIO WAVES,not microwaves. where is your evidence of brain cancer directly linked to Wi Fi emissions.? I actually want mobile phone coverage out here.worry about something real please.

    • The WHO has classified electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans(Group 2B), based on an increased risk of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.

  2. Mark,
    Are you seriously willing to allow these massive towers to spread through our World Heritage region changing the landscapes with tower constructions ? Just for the sake of a few faster seconds to connect with the world ? This is not the suburbs –
    please view the Oztowers list here just type in your postcode – you may get a better idea of what everyone is worried about –
    This is not just a “one of” – The telcos are forming a cluster of 11 towers inside the World Heritage park of Mt Nardi alone – there are literally hundreds of them proposed for this World heritage region,it will also allow the telcos to expand on each current site & the land around it for other towers to lease & co locate at the same site. Forming a cluster.
    Anyone who opposes these towers’ please sign this petition below so we may form a more democratic process & engage with government there is little time left to oppose these locations go to your local ECSFR website where you may keep up to date in your local area
    http://ecsfr.com.au/ – These petitions have just started so lets show our support for democratic process.
    Melissa Hallett.

  3. How many residents in Byron Shire rely on land lines due to the lack of mobile phone coverage? Quite a few…myself included.
    So here’s the problem: the copper wire network is to be switched off, whether we like it or not. This means that your ‘land line’ phone calls are to be delivered via these wireless towers. The prospect of living in this flood and fire prone district without having a land line, never mind a mobile phone, has the potential to put lives at risk, and quite frankly scares the bejusus out of me.
    To those of you who are opposing these towers it is a case of too little too late: the NBN juggernaut is going to steamroll its way through our shire no matter how much you jump up and down. Like most people, I’m perfectly happy with things as they are, and wish the NBN would eff off and leave us with the copper network – I don’t have mobile phone coverage but my land line and internet work fine. BUT, I am realistic enough to know that that is not going to happen.
    So, you have to decide: a tall thin metal tower on a hill, or no tower and no phones or internet either. Having suffered greatly through the last cyclone, and with a new born baby on the property, my fear is that not having access to any communications at all is a potentially very dangerous situation.
    Unfortunately we have to choose the lesser of two evils, and for me that means sucking it up and having the tower.


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