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A proposal to upgrade an existing Telstra tower to 5G in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate has sparked strong resistance from two early childhood learning centres, located within close proximity.

Public submissions close October 15 for the proposal, which is located at 8 Acacia Street. Submissions can be made via email: [email protected] or by phone: 0437 600 895.

imon McLean from Periwinkle Preschool and Krissy Martin from Byron Busy Kids childcare. Photo Jeff Dawson

A rally is already planned for October 13 from 11am, with further details to be confimed.

Attempts by Telstra to install a 5G tower in Mullumbimby saw an organised and passionate resistance from those unconvinced of the safety claims regarding electro magnetic radiation (EMR), and other 5G factors. 

Activit Sherrie Yeomans told The Echo the vigil at the Mullum tower has now been going, day and night, for nearly six months.

Proposed within 500m 

While the Byron Bay proposal is within a 500m radius of two early childhood learning centres, the proponent claims no DA is required from Council.

Busy Kids childcare centre manager Krissy Martin told The Echo she and staff have made objections to the tower. She said if approved, it would be just 250m away from the daycare centre. 

‘There’s not enough longitudinal studies on the effects on children and adults’, she said, adding that, ‘NSW policy recommends that they be at least 500m away from schools’.

She says she was alerted to the proposal by an email from construction company, the Downer Group, on September 28.

But the director of Periwinkle Preschool, which is also located within 500m of the proposal, told The Echo the school did not receive any notification from Telstra or its consultants, Downer Group.

Director Simon McLean said, ‘Several years ago, the preschool made a conscious decision to only use a hardwired ethernet connection, and does not use Wi-Fi at all. This is in order to reduce the potential for harm caused by electromagnetic radiation to anyone attending the preschool’.

Mr McLean added, ‘I have sent in a submission to Council, Matthew Wood and Downer Group objecting on behalf of the preschool, and have notified all of our parents and staff about the proposal, so that any concerned parents can send objections’. 

‘Several have already replied to me, and are keen to voice concerns. We are a community non-profit preschool run by a parent management committee, and our current president is also fully behind the preschool taking a stand against this proposed upgrade’.

Local parent Emma Baker said, in her submission against the tower upgrade, ‘Your constant disregard for policies that are put in place to protect children is shameful’. 

Ms Baker has called for an extension of public submissions until November 30. 

The Echo is yet to hear back from the Downer Group as to whether the extension has been granted.

Short consultation time

She says in her objection, ‘I find it unacceptable that you have opened up the above ‘upgrade’ and ‘community consultation’ period right within the two weeks of NSW school holidays. The NSW public 

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  1. So…. It’s OK to open child-care in an ‘industrial estate’, with god knows what pollution and chemicals but a working phone reception is a step too far ?
    Get your tin hats on. G”)

  2. In other news, the schools will also be running the traditional end-of-term ceremonial witch burning this Friday, and are recommending that to prevent infection from COVID-19, everyone should smear their body with grease from a dead horse mixed with reindeer poo to ward off the demon spirits.

    How tragic that the first thing that our children are learning is superstition and to ignore an evidence based approach to the world. No wonder people like Donald Trump and Scott Morrison end up getting elected to high office.

  3. It interesting how the protest is organised on a weekday, when the people with actual a jobs who work for a living can’t attend

  4. My 2c worth:
    Do people understand that 5G communication is NOT 5Ghz frequency?
    5G runs on the same frequency spectrum as older mobile phones but works by an encryption technique. The reason it is short distance is because if there is distortion of the signal, errors are introduced. (It is a similar technique to ADSL encoding)
    Also high towers actually mean reduced transmitter power can be used, so asking for short towers increases the radiant power.
    My personal issue with 5G is it is only really a high population density communication. In rural settings, the short range renders it unusable in most circumstances. (This is one reason 3G actually worked best in rural settings: it gives the best penetration)

  5. The same people protesting the upgrade will be out there in 2 years complaining their broadband is too slow. There will be no reason for nbn to upgrade speeds if there is no competition.

    • Where were these people when GSM,3G,4G towers were installed? Is 5 just an unlucky number?
      On Ida’s advice, I thought I’d look up Barrie Trower…. very entertaining reading!


      “Trower is completely unknown in academia. He has neither authored any serious academic works nor have any of his “reports” ever been evaluated or cited by any reputable academic entity.”

      I think we need more research into the long-term effects of substance abuse….

      • Chris, Rational Wiki pages can be created, changed, added to, by anyone anytime to serve any motive. If your shorthand way of research, is to run with the first available debunking site, based on “credibility”, I must say wiki is a poor choice. It should be noted too, that the financial stakes of the players in the wifi industry are tremendous, and power politics, sufficient reason to take with a few pinches of salt, anything claimed by this industry. Just like the vaccine industry. Yep if you’re wondering , you will recognise me on the street by my proudly worn tin foil hat. If Barrie had nothing of value to share, then there would be no reason for such puerile attempts to discredit his character. Instead, his actual words could be easily argued against and debunked. But that has never happened. Instead, only smug self congratulatory attempts at derision.

  6. Telstra and CLARA now officially in bed together for the next stage of “progress”. The unprecedented fires conveniently cleared most of the exact route previously planned for fast rail and so-called smart cities. The covid war of terror on small business will remove the remaining people from the land for the consortiums. Surveillance technology will be at the core of such environments. Welcome to your new world order, every aspect controlled by someone else, not you.

    The only wifi children daily should be subjected to, are Schumann resonances.
    Listen to Barrie Trower, an expert in microwave weapons technology.
    Everything is connected and the connections are not random.

  7. Educated is what they are!…thanks Brian.. I hope you win the war of no 5 G …full stop. Let’s stop being puppets in a world over run by people who want to get to their grave quickly with no time to wait for a download, rather than enjoy the bliss of smelling the roses & time with their children. The most magical little human beings.

  8. I’m with Brian Anderson – the lack of critical thinking!! Poorly educated!!
    How can one defend 5G when the FACTS are out there – and far from ‘conspiracy’. Doesn’t matter if it’s “built-up or rural” .. a good emf reader has alerted me to rural village ramifications. And NO I will not be complaining about slow connections. I still have adsl and am quite content on the slower speeds. All you gamers can think otherwise – get outside and get some VitD lol you might get some clarity of mind. This is about protecting the minds of our youth, pregnant mothers etc etc etc from microwave weaponry – look up Mark Steele!

  9. 1) Policy statement

    1.1 The Department of Education adopts a policy of prudent avoidance by not endorsing the installation of any mobile telecommunications facilities on school property.

    2) Audience and applicability

    2.1 This policy applies to all schools.

    3) Context

    3.1 The department adopts a policy of prudent avoidance in relation to the installation of mobile telecommunications facilities within school grounds.
    The department supports objections, if appropriate, to proposals to establish mobile telecommunications facilities near school grounds and requests that telecommunications carriers locate these proposed facilities further away from departmental sites.
    While the department cannot state a specific separation distance between a proposed mobile telecommunications facility and a school, the department has a preference for a distance of at least 500 metres from the boundary of the property.


  10. I would love for Optus to simultaneously upgrade their tower that’s is only about 50m away from the Telstra tower, perfect timing to really get the EMF moving.

    It would be great if the other towers around town were also upgraded, particularly those in the center of town 3G is often faster than 4G in the center of Byron on both Telstra and Optus, and both leave a lot to be desired speed wise. Defiantly Suffolk as well.

    Bring on 5G, my 5G phone is on it way very soon.

  11. Welcome to Byron Bay, were people don’t worry about the ionizing radiation in the ground and worry about the EMR danger of mobile towers.

    Volcanic region and sand mining = above normal ionizing background radiation in some locations. Major point being that while there are spots that are abnormal compared to others especially with all the garnet and basalt around thanks to Mount Warning (Wollumbin)

    Remember ionizing radiation is the one that actually can/will kill you.


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