An important win for residents and school community07 June, 2012
Cr Helen Abrahams congratulates residents of Dutton Park and the St Ita’s School community for successfully opposing an Optus mobile phone tower at 228 Gladstone Road Dutton Park.
Optus has advised that they are no longer proceeding with the application at this time as they have “identified deficiencies with the consultation and we now intend to withdraw from the notified consultation process.”
This is great news for the local residents.
“I am sure one of the reasons for the withdrawal was the level of determination and action by the residents and the school community to make sure the mobile tower did not proceed.
“The exposure of the residents of the social housing complex to additional levels of electromagnetic radiation was a concern as some residents are suffering from physical and mental health problems’ said Helen Abrahams
“The decision of the Department of Housing to approve the lease for the mobile tower on the roof of their building was a very poor decision” said Helen Abrahams
“I hope this decision by Optus kills off any future application of a mobile tower on this housing complex.”
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Optus has been undertaking consultation for a new mobile phone facility in Dutton Park to expand Optus services for local community and businesses. This consultation was conducted by our consultants Daly International and included letters, supporting information and site signage. Optus has identified deficiencies with the consultation and we now intend to withdraw from the notified consultation process.
Optus recently announced its intention to form a joint venture with Vodafone by sharing parts of our network infrastructure. As such Optus is reviewing all of their current network deployment plans and until this review is completed Optus’ current rollout plans will be placed on hold.
This means we have no plans for a site in Dutton Park at this time. Should a site be identified in the future then we would recommence all consultation and notification activities which would include expanded consultation with the Dutton Park community.