Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon says a bill scheduled to be introduced into the Senate today by Greens Leader Bob Brown would give communities like Bawley Point a greater say in where telecommunications towers are located, to address concerns about community health and environmental impacts.
“What Bawley Point residents now know is that current laws allow telecommunication companies like Crown Castles to skirt around local and state government planning laws, knee-capping the community’s right to be consulted,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“While good reception is vitally important to people living outside of the major centres, we can have this without sacrificing public health or the natural beauty of Bawley Point.
“Around Australia communities are experiencing the same frustration, but the community voice can really make a difference. Just last week Telstra withdrew its development application for a mobile phone town at Tinderbox, Tasmania”, Senator Rhiannon said.
Shoalhaven City Greens Councillor Amanda Findley said “The proposal for a tower within throwing distance of people’s houses is understandably troubling, considering concern about the health impact of exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields, particularly for children.