Keep Mobile Base stations a safe distance from Sutherland Shire homes & schools

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The Sutherland Shire, a blend of beautiful National Parks, beaches, communities & great schools. As a Shire residents, we do not want mobile base cell stations near homes & children. We do not want cells facing into bedroom windows, into homes, our schools, daycare centres & hospitals.

Telstra is rolling out new infrastructure without appropriate consultation or due diligence. They are not offering residents in the local area adequate or accurate information to assess their own safety risks. It should be OUR choice whether our homes are subject to radiation.

Our Sutherland Shire council is supporting affected residents. They have (like Randwick, Blue Mountains and many other councils across Australia), lodged objections on our behalf. We need your help to ensure that we are heard at a Federal level & the proposed base stations aren't just 'moved' to a different location in your suburb.

There are two issues here: Transparency & Consultation. 

Local mums, dads, elderly residents shouldn't have to become experts in science & law;  we rely on our Government to put our health first. "It wouldn't be allowed into Australia if it weren't tested & safe" is the biggest fallacy we all tell ourselves. 

Telstra have not shared the entire scope of the new 5G rollout. Yet they are very deliberately positioning new base stations in residential areas to support 5G. If you ask them, they will dismiss any concerns. They will send you EME reports for 3G or 4G. Not 5G. They will quote (very selectively) World Health Organisation statements and Australian Safety Standards. They are not giving you all the science, nor will they make you aware of the growing numbers of communities nationwide and indeed globally, that are fighting, rejecting and in some cases banning this new tech. 

"Telstra relies on the expert advice of both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the ARPANSA for overall assessments of health and safety impacts. Research into EME and health has been going on for many years now. In summary, the WHO and ARPANSA advise that there is no substantiated scientific evidence that radiofrequency technologies that operate within national and international safety standards cause health effects."

Here's what Telstra won't tell you: 

In many cases we are being told the new base station is for 3G or 4G or 4GX, & not 5G; and accordingly Telstra are only providing us with EME safety reports relating to this older technology only. This is misleading & deceptive as they will not guarantee that the 4G site will not be 'upgraded' to 5G at their discretion.

No-one knows what the exact compounded radiation levels will be, once there are 5G base cell stations every 100-500m. 

5G is a completely different frequency, far more intense & requiring cells every 100-500m apart, meaning if you don't have one near your home now, you could have one installed any time. In Kareela, less than 10 residents were told by way of a street pole notice & a letterbox drop.

Telstra are stating they are not currently installing 5G here, only 4G and therefore they refuse to answer questions about 5G's safety in our neighbourhood. They are quoting out of date World Health Organisation (WHO) reports.

The WHO actually state: “extremely low frequency magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans (group 2B)."

...and ... 

“ELF magnetic fields have been classified by WHO as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on epidemiological studies of childhood leukemia... Given the widespread use of the technology, the degree of scientific uncertainty, and the levels of public apprehension, rigorous scientific studies and clear communication with the public are needed.” EMF risk chapter1

Australian Dr Charlie Teo; Dr. Charles Teo, BM, BS, MBBS, Member of the Order of Australia, Director of Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW, Australia, is one of 240+ eminent researchers petitioning the UN & WHO to have the International RF safety guidelines updated to reflect serious health concerns.

Telstra rely on sharing the ARPANSA (the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety) Standards, to pacify & placate concerns

  • ARPANSA standards are out of date. They are not based on biological studies in humans, rather on a 6foot male crash test dummy melting. Heat, not cellular mutation or cancer.
  • ARPANSA have a disclaimer on their own site, stating not to rely on the information provided by them. ARPANSA in this disclaimer state we should get independent advice from our own Health practitioners. That they will not accept liability for the information as it pertains to the impact of radiation on health:

    “ARPANSA provides this website free of charge to disseminate for the benefit of the public regulatory information and general information on the impact of radiation on health. This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice specific to your personal circumstances. Nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as medical advice and, in particular, it should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease in individual cases, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health practitioner’s professional advice. ARPANSA does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.”

  • ARPANSA assistant director Dr Ken Karipidis told the ABC that more research was needed. "At the frequencies where 5G will be operating, the RF electromagnetic energy does not penetrate much further than the surface of the skin," Dr Karapidis said. "Adverse health effects are not expected, and the current Australian Standard accounts for these. Nevertheless, further research in this area is required, particularly on effects on the skin and the eyes."
  • ARPANSA do not know the effect of 5G on bees.

You need to know that Australia's policy on allowing mobile cell infrastructure next to homes is one of the most lax in the world. 

ARPANSA has set standards 100 times higher than most other countries. The ARPANSA safety limits are set at 1000 µW (microwatts) per cm2, up to 300GHz. This was set in 2002 against an Australian senate committee recommendation of 200 µW/cm2 in 2001. 

Despite the fact that many other countries such as China, Russia, Bulgaria and Poland set the limit at 10 µW/cm2, Switzerland sets their safety standard even lower at 9.5 µW/cm2 and in sensitive areas at 4.25 and parts of Austria set the safety limit even lower at .0001 µW/cm2.

In Australia, the Evaluation of the 'safe' EME levels as set by ARPANSA, have been openly funded using Financial support from the Mobile Carriers Forum (Telstra, Optus, Vodaphone, TPG). 

Community Consultation 

In Lilli Pilli, in Kareela, in Caringbah, Gymea Bay; all across the shire, all across the state and country, Telstra and their installation partners are notifying only 10 residents in each area, in some cases none. This is not clear communication. 

"Telstra has been hit with a formal warning by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for failing to comply with rules for deploying mobile phone base stations. ... not fully complying with its consultation plan, which required Telstra to contact residents in the immediate vicinity of the base station." ACMA May 26, 2019

The area of influence from a base station is 360 degrees across a 500m area, a span of a suburb. This is not 10 people. 

By not notifying local residents, communities, parents, children are being denied a voice. It then falls on local individuals to research, petition & in many cases hire legal representation to allow them the enjoyment of their own homes.

Signing this petition will allow local Shire residents to have a voice. 

In this case, our Australia is in a tech race. Blinkers are on, and our safety has been deferred to agencies with a financial interest in seeing the fast spread of a tech network that has not been shown anywhere to be safe. There are zero papers anywhere that state this tech is safe. It has been banned in Brussels and the levels allowed by our Government agencies, are amongst the highest anywhere in the world.

It's a corporate agenda, that places the biggest risk on the shoulders of local residents; kids, elderly, families, primary schools, daycare centres, hospitals and property owners who stand to lose up to 25% of their property value from having a base station at their door.  We as a community cannot afford the health or financial burden.

If it's safe to have a tower outside the bedroom of your babies, why are the financial stakeholders not leading the way & demonstrating their faith by installing base cell stations in their own streets. It would be great PR for them. They won't because they are aware of the risk.

This fight is not just for our Kareela & broader Sutherland Shire Community. 

  • Globally, scientists have concerns. There is zero evidence of safety, but countless studies indicating otherwise.
  • There are zero studies based on long-term daily exposure.
  • Parliaments have introduced moratoriums relating to 5G.
  • This tech installation will mean us being irradiated daily, 24/7.
  • ARPANSA guidelines are based on outdated data, so they have a disclaimer on their site stating not to rely on information on their site – this extends to safety standards!
  • Pacemakers and other bio-medical devices, are at risk of being affected.
  • Babies and children, whose skulls are not yet fully formed, are most at risk, and most affected by exposure to radiation. How do we protect our kids in their own homes if we have no authority over the radiation levels from new installations right outside our doors?
  • Can anyone guarantee us that when more towers are installed and usage of 5G increases, that our kids will not end up with Leukemia?

Telstra will not say this tech is safe. They say it is being installed in accordance with WHO & ARPANSA standards.

It's not ok. Our kids are not canary's to be tested on.

This is not just one person's fight.
Locations are popping up everywhere with no local consultation. 

If you can't be involved directly in lobbying or raising awareness, please sign and share with your local community; any support is very gratefully received.