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15 May 2016

Australia: Brisbane: Worries Over Mobile Phone Tower Plans

Hamilton residents are protesting a mobile base station
being put up on a nearby apartment block.
Picture:  Jono Searle
"As a mother, I have serious concerns about the long-term ill-effects constant exposure to this energy will have on my family’s health. I certainly don’t want it next door, outside my children’s bedrooms every night as they sleep. It is outrageous that our children can be put at this level of exposure to potential risk without protection from the government or (the) council."

Worries over mobile phone tower plans
byAnthony Templeton, The Courier-Mail, 
15 May 2016

RESIDENTS in an exclusive Brisbane riverside suburb are protesting plans to put up a mobile phone tower on a nearby apartment block, claiming it will drive down property values and potentially harm their children’s health.

Almost 100 Hamilton residents have joined forces to stop the proposal, put forward by Vodafone and Optus, to install the base station at 44 Riverview Tce.

Killara Ave resident Adrienne Batkin said: “This home is our family’s greatest asset, and this mobile phone base station installation has the potential to jeopardise our family’s future financial security.

“We are pleading with Vodafone, Optus and the body corporate of this apartment block to reconsider, and appreciate that this residential site is too sensitive a location for this mobile phone base station.”

Many houses in the area surrounding the proposed station location are valued at more than $1 million.

Ms Batkin said she was also deeply concerned about the health of her family, who she says would be living about 30m away from the station.

“As a mother, I have serious concerns about the long-term ill-effects constant exposure to this energy will have on my family’s health. I certainly don’t want it next door, outside my children’s bedrooms every night as they sleep,” she said.

“It is outrageous that our children can be put at this level of exposure to potential risk without protection from the government or (the) council.

“This technology is simply too new to know how this (electromagnetic energy) will affect our health, especially that of our children.”

A Vodafone spokeswoman said the residents’ fears were not based on facts.

“There is no evidence to suggest property values are affected by their proximity to low impact telecommunications facilities,” she said.

“The (exposure to electromagnetic energy) limits, which are based upon World Health Organisation limits, are set well below the level at which health effects are known to occur and include a wide safety margin to protect the public.”

The spokeswoman said the station would be 2.7m high.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/worries-over-mobile-phone-tower-plans/news-story/29f102f179ceb780ec85d36c625c6feb

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