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Date Posted: 01:05:54 04/15/03 Tue
Author: admin

14 April 2003

Residents protest video phone launch

More than 300 people have rallied in Oatley to oppose the proliferation of third generation (3G) video phone towers.

Hutchison Telecommunications, the Orange company, launch their service on 15 April amid national outrage over the network infrastructure that requires towers every 1.5 to 3kms.

Opponents say mobile video phone services will appeal to an elite few while placing whole communities at increased risk from electromagnetic radiation (EMR), environmental damage and visual pollution.

"Until the effect of long term EMR exposure is understood we must adopt a more precautionary approach" said Michele Adair, an opponent of a controversial tower in Oatley Park.

Many countries now ensure towers are not located in sensitive areas near schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

However Australian federal law permits ‘low impact’ towers to be erected on existing structures without local government planning approval or the consent of the land owner. If existing structures provide inadequate coverage the phone companies obtain council approval to erect light or flag poles and immediately convert them to video phone towers.

Organised by the Oatley Park Defenders, the "People Power NO 3G Tower" rally on Sunday included representatives from Harbord, Yarrawarra, Croydon Park and Pennant Hills.

The Supreme Court will hear an Appeal against the Oatley Park tower on 28 May.

Contact Michele Adair m. 0412-706-123
Louise Radcliffe m.0412-383-493

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