25 Mar The Echo: Telstra 5G upgrade push rejected
By Paul Bibby, The Echo
Byron Council has made an 11th-hour submission opposing the construction of 5G mobile cells in the heart of Mullumbimby.
Telstra is planning to build the facility at 95 Dalley Street as part of the rollout of 5G technology across the country.
Hundreds of locals have signed petitions and submitted letters opposing the project on the grounds that 5G technology will, or may, have negative health impacts on both humans and the Mullumbimby bat colony.
They are particularly concerned about the Dalley Street tower because of its close proximity to two local schools, and a bus stop used by hundreds of school children each day.
Last Thursday’s Council planning meeting heard that a Council staff member had already given approval for the structure under delegated authority.
However, councillors effectively overturned that decision at the meeting, voting instead to make a late submission to Telstra indicating their opposition to the plan.