MORE than 500 people had signed a petition to stop Telstra erecting an 8-metre mobile tower on the roof of Castle Hill RSL Club by Thursday. "We're looking at getting Telstra to rethink long-term where they'll put these masts," said Castle Hill High School's P&C president Anne-Maree Kinley. The school faces the RSL club.
Last week teachers and parents from five schools and four preschools united to oppose the base station on health grounds. They will letter-drop 1000 neighbours.
Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams has written to Telstra saying the Education Department "would continue to discourage telecommunications carriers from locating mobile phone towers within 500m of Department sites" and Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill MPs David Elliott and Dominic Perrottet asked Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to ensure the Commonwealth "respects the department's policy".
Under federal law, a development application to build it is not needed.
"I hope they set a precedent here. It's disgusting that carriers can build towers wherever they like," Renee Pentland said online.
Also online Michael Florence said peer-reviewed literature suggested the tower would pose no problem but Ms Kinley said in the absence of long-term data they preferred to advocate "prudent avoidance" of exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
■ Sign the petition: chn.ge/1cFock3
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