Clunes steps up tower campaign

CLUNES residents op-posed to the proposedOptus tower in their village are planning a public protest on Saturday.

Organiser Mim Weber said residents cared deeply about Clunes and were prepared to fight to preserve it.

“We recognise the importance of mobile telecommunications in regional Australia, but we oppose the proposed 40-metre tower in such close proximity to residential communities on several grounds,” she said.

“There is a lot at stake here.

“Australian legislation promotes ‘co-location' – which means other telecommunications carriers are likely to build on to existing structures – increasing the negative vis- ual and health impacts.

“Once the precedent is set there is no turning back.”

Ms Weber lists the “striking visual impact” of such a large structure in a rural village; the significant health risks; its proximity to an old tick dip site; apparent non-compliance with legislation; and lack of community consultation as the key reasons for residents' opposition.

Residents will gather in Village Park in the main street, opposite the general store, from 10am on Saturday and all are asked to bring a mug.



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