HELP US HAVE THE 3G TELSTRA PHONE TOWER AT 28 MORRIS STREET SUMMER HILL 2130 (inner west Sydney) DECOMMISSIONED AND REMOVED!
In February 2010 Telstra erected a 3G Phone Tower at 28 Morris Street Summer Hill, NSW, 2130 - despite strong opposition from the local community. We submitted about 250 formal submissions opposing the installation of the tower and a petition with close to 1,000 signatures on it.
The site is zoned 2A residential and in their initial mailout to residents Telstra indicated that the property was a commercial property "with no immediately adjacent" residential properties. THIS WAS WRONG. It seems that Telstra corrected this only to those of us who wrote to them rather than correct their error for all recipients of their initial mailout. When they did correct it, Telstra said the site was primarily commercial as it is a laundromat...Telstra have it wrong again. A family of 6 have lived there for over 12 years - first and foremost this is their home!
The family have accepted a deal from Telstra to have this tower installed on their building despite the outcry from their neighbours.
Summer Hill is a suburb with heritage significance (much of the suburb has been deemed as a heritage conservation area) and the tower has been placed extremely close to a number of sensitive facilities: 2 schools, 2 childcare facilities and a nursing home.
We believe Telstra's 'consultation' was woeful, and that their initial correspondence regarding their plans was inadvertently misleading at best.
We remain ardent in our opposition to this tower and are now seeking it's immediate decommissioning and removal. We are also seeking changes to the 1997 Telecommunications Act, as we believe it unfairly tips the balance of power in favour of the telecommunications companies. Where are our rights as individuals? As rate payers? As voters? As tax payers? Even the minister, Senator Conroy, states that he has no power to intervene in such matters! The Telco giants are a law unto themselves.
Don't let this continue - you suburb...your street could be next as Telstra have essentially indicated that nowhere is safe! Your local council and state government have no jurisdication over these matters. A Development Application isn't even required (unless the building is heritage listed)!
Please forward this link to your friends. Spread the word.
Learn More: http://nopowertothetower-summerhill.blogspot.com/
We, the undersigned, call for Telstra to decommission and remove the phone tower from 28 MORRIS STREET SUMMER HILL 2130.
The No Power to the tower petition to Summer Hill Residents was written by Susan Atkins and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.