Australian residents and councils raise health concerns about “small cell” installations

The ABC reported earlier this month that residents in NSW have petitioned for the removal of small cell boxes.  “In a move that experts say will become more common as Australia prepares itself for the 5G rollout, TPG, in conjunction with China’s Huawei, has begun placing the transmitters — roughly the size of two shoe boxes — on power poles across the suburb of Ryde, in Sydney’s north-west.”

PHOTO: The small cell boxes that have begun popping up in Sydney. (ABC News)

The transmitters will initially be used to boost 4G in suburban areas.  Small cell installations are also essential to paving the way for the rollout of 5G.  Residents were not given a say in the matter.

In addition to concerns about health effects, security issues are being raised. “Huawei, which is building the small cell boxes on the 4G network for TPG, is banned from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure over national security concerns.”  It seems ironic that Huawei will, however, already have a foot in the door!

Community concern about small cell deployments is also being voiced in Victoria.

Moonee Valley City Council, in the inner and middle north-western suburbs of Melbourne, unanimously passed a resolution at its October 2018 meeting that calls for the cumulative impacts of microwave frequency technologies to be assessed.  Other items to be actioned included a request that TPG provide written confirmation that it has applied the Precautionary Principle.  See page 8 of the Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes for the full details of its TPG Small Cell Installations resolution.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the peak body for Victoria’s 79 councils, also passed a resolution in October regarding small cell installations.  Victorian council representatives at the twice-yearly meeting approved a motion that the “MAV call upon the State Government to lead a review of the cumulative impacts of ‘small cell installations’ on the residential community and, in light of the findings of this review, re-consider the appropriate planning referral process for the installation of small cells.”

If, like SSMA, the rollout of wireless transmitters mounted on power poles appals you, make sure that you raise this with your local council, as well as with Federal authorities.

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5 Responses to Australian residents and councils raise health concerns about “small cell” installations

  1. ashley dunen says:

    i think you people are either hopeful or naive not to realise you dont stand a chance as your fate has already been decided. this is going ahead regardless we got what we asked for. we opened the door to a demon bigger than all of us. you think the council will save you lol i decided to sell up & run long ago. sad but true

  2. Lucy says:

    I would like to be part of a group protest against the small cell installations in Victoria. A single voice to local Council will not carry enough weight. However I will still do so!

    • smart meter sufferer says:

      Which Council area are you in Lucy? The best thing you can do is to alert people in your street and surrounding area…perhaps do a letterbox drop and then get together as a group to take your concerns to council.

  3. pcwwp says:

    The Mav reference seems to be about pesticides? However – NO 5G!!!!!!

    • Cathy says:

      The MAV reference says exactly what was quoted in the post. (I found the Small Cell Installations resolution on the top of page 15 .) How fantastic that this motion was passed!!! However, as always, I bet the state government will pass the buck and say it’s nothing to do with them. Surely, common sense would dictate that it’s unacceptable to blast unwilling victims with microwave (and soon, millimetre) radiation? Now it’s not just from smart meters, but could be from a pole in front of our home.

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