Stop the TPG Mobile Phone Base Station at 885 Glenferrie Road, Kew (Cnr Wellington St)

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Please sign this petition to help stop the establishment of a TPG 5G mobile base station at 885 Glenferrie Road in Kew - just metres away from six schools.

How did this happen?

TPG has been conducting rollouts of new technology with real potential health impacts - without community consultation or feedback. The antiquated Telecommunications Act of 1997 has enabled the company to broadly ‘fly under the radar’. This has effectively gagged the community of their rights and has excluded them from having a choice or even a say in something that is likely to impact on their health and the health of their loved ones. Under this Act, Telcos are effectively able to operate at their lowest cost/ expenditure point without community consultation or regard to best practices or the health of the Australian public. We should have a voice.

If installed, this proposed aerial on Glenferrie Road would impact, along with local residents, more than 6000 students, plus staff, parents and carers.  Fifteen (15) learning centre + many more public facilities will be potentially effected:

  • 60 metres from Ruyton Girls's School (Early Learning / Junior School / Senior School / Aquatic Centre open to the public for lessons)
  • 75 metres from Trinity Grammar School (Early Learning / Junior School / Senior School / Chapel open to the public for services)
  • 130 metres from Sacred Heart (Junior School / Church)
  • 150 metres each from Methodist Ladies College (Early Learning / Junior School / Senior School / Aquatic centre open to the public for lessons / Gymnasium and sporting facilities open to the public for lessons)
  • 150 metres each from Xavier College (Senior School / Aquatic centre open to the public for lessons / Gymnasium and sporting facilities open to the public for lessons / Chapel open to the public for services)
  • 300 metres from Petit Early Learning Journey.

In NSW, the NSW Department of Education and Communities advises any telecommunications infrastructure to be built at a distance of at least 500 metres from the boundary of a school property. This is a precautionary approach to ensure that electromagnetic radiation exposure to children is minimised.

What is 5G?

  • 5G is the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications. It will be the first to utilize millimeter waves, with much higher frequencies ranging from 20 to 300 gigahertz (GHz). It is expected to have been rolled out around the world by 2020.
  • Current cellular mobile communications use under 6 GHz (2 /3 /4G, WiFi and smart meters).
  • The final phase of 5G will run at radio frequencies up to 100 times higher than our global population has even been exposed to. This is uncharted territory and no testing is available.
  • 5G will need its own frequency bands to occupy as it travels across cities everywhere. This is because the frequency bands of the current 4G networks simply don’t have room to accommodate the enormous amounts of data 5G will be transferring.
  • Millimeter waves don’t travel as far as lower frequency waves they are unable to pass through buildings so to get around this issue, telecom companies want to install smaller cells (which essentially are short range cellular antennas – located @500m apart) in much higher numbers.

Is 5G harmful?

  • Once fully deployed, 5G will lead to a massive increase of mandatory exposure to wireless radiation.
  • In 2011 the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified all radio frequency emissions as possible carcinogens.
  • Scientists have proven that over 6 GHz radiation emissions penetrate more than 8mm skin deep and cross the blood-brain barrier.
  • Worryingly, there also has been no long-term testing of 5G technology as it is so new.
  • WHO further states that there are gaps in knowledge still needing to be filled before better health risk assessments can be made on electromagnetic radiation.

Do we need this in a residential and schooling area?

NO - Kew is not a corporate, industrial or transport hub. It is a heritage overlay residential suburb. All schools in the area have a no phone policy, so students should not be sitting in class downloading movies and playing online games. Once home, the majority of residents would have their phones operate off their local in-home WiFi network. Also isn’t this what the NBN was all about – connecting our homes to fast internet? The citizens of Australia should have the right to choose.

How was the community advised of this aerial?

In August, a small sign was wrapped around the street pole outside 885 Glenferrie Road to inform the community. The sign faced the road, and at this location there were demolition and development works being carried out. During the day the sign was obscured by large trucks and at night it was not lit. TPG advised they carried out a letterbox drop to 10 residences along Glenferrie Road. Their advice came in an advertising covered envelope and could have easily been discarded as junk mail. We have only been able to locate one resident who advised she received the letter. Why were only 10 houses advised? Why were none of the schools advised?

 Will Telstra, Optus and others do the same?

Very likely - unless there is a change in the legislation. Ideally, Telcos should co-locate their aerials/ infrastructure to minimise the location/ number of areas affected.

What needs to change?

1) The legislation needs to change to ensure there is full public, transparent and informed public consultation and opportunity for feedback prior to the introduction of any new technology which carries potential harm to human health.

2) Infrastructure needs to be shared by all of the Telcos to reduce the need to have new aerials mushrooming up around our community to match the roll out of new mobile technology.

Does 5G need to operate with all of these aerials/ at such high frequencies?

There are much safer solutions to the 5G rollout as detailed below:

1) 5G should operate on existing frequencies - below 6 GHz   

2) Existing infrastructure should be utilised and shared by all Telcos

3) Additional antennas should not be arbitrarily rolled out - without community consultation and acceptance.


Please sign this petition to help stop the establishment of a TPG 5G base station at 885 Glenferrie Road in Kew - just metres away from fifteen (15) learning centres and many public facilities. Only the community will be able to make this change.