Mandurah residents air concerns over 5G rollout

Halls Head residents have shared their concerns over 5G being installed near their houses. Photo: Supplied.
Halls Head residents have shared their concerns over 5G being installed near their houses. Photo: Supplied.

Since the rollout of 5G began many have aired their concerns with some Mandurah residents worried about their health and safety.

The rollout has started in the Peel region with 5G already being installed in parts of Halls Head, Erskine, Mandurah, Greenfields, Coodanup, Silver Sands, Meadow Springs, and San Remo.

In Osprey Close, Halls Head a sign on a gate advised residents there would be a 5G upgrade positioned on the water tower in the area.

Halls Head resident Janice Butler, who lives next to the water tower, said she was concerned about the lack of consultation.

"We have a water tower adjoining our back yard and we have never been consulted regarding the positioning of mobile phone antennas on this water tower," she said.

"The sign was positioned next to a no entry sign and not readable from the road or public footpath.

"This is the extent of the notification and so called consultation."

The notice of 5G upgrade left on the water tower gate. Photo: Supplied.

The notice of 5G upgrade left on the water tower gate. Photo: Supplied.

With considerable controversy over 5G, Mrs Butler said living so close to the electromagnetic fields could have health impacts.

"We are very concerned about the lack of information and consultation when so many people live close to these towers," she said.

"We have been here for many years, we chose to live near a water tower not a cluster of mobile phone antennas, which look ugly and more importantly could have major health impacts."

Mrs Butler is not the only one who holds these concerns with the Rockingham, Mandurah, and Pinjarra Stop the Towers group having 197 members.

The Facebook group shares their worries about the rollout of 5G resulting "in a massive increase in inescapable, involuntary exposure to wireless radiation".

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However, many experts say the levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from 5G is safe.

Dr Sarah Loughran, director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research at the University of Wollongong, said higher frequencies of 5G "actually mean that the energy doesn't penetrate as deeply into the body than previous fourth generation, and other generation, technologies have".

Where 5G fits in the electromagnetic spectrum. Photo: Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

Where 5G fits in the electromagnetic spectrum. Photo: Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association chief executive Chris Althaus also said decades of research found no evidence of 5G causing health or safety issues.

"[The technology] is just another way of using radio waves, just like 4G, 3G, 2G, AM and FM radio, television and microwave ovens," he said.

"If you were that concerned about 5G you'd have to turn off 4G, 3G, radio, television ... because 5G is no different to any of those things."

According to a Telstra spokesperson, the telecommunications company relies on expert advice from international and national health authorities for overall assessment of health and safety impacts.

"Telstra understands that some people have genuine concerns about the levels of electromagnetic fields that the proposed base station will emit," the spokesperson said.

"Electromagnetic fields are present everywhere in our environment - the earth, sun and ionosphere are all natural sources of EMF."