Call to ditch plan

Labor MP for Auburn Luke Foley joined Lidcombe residents who are circulating a petition calling on TPG not to install mobile phone technology close to a child care centre.

Story appeared in: Review | June 18th, 2018

ANGRY parents from a Lidcombe preschool have joined nearby residents in a call for telecommunications company TPG to ditch plans to install a mobile phone 'small cell facility' on existing power poles in the area.
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Platform Street resident Peter Tomazos, who has young children, says they received a letter earlier this month advising them that TPG planned the installation outside his home which is just four doors down from the Betty Elaine kindergarten.
While the letter gives residents until June 29 to submit written feedback on the move, Mr Tomazos believes work has already begun.
"It feels like a done deal, the so-called 'consultation' is a joke," he said.
"I'm upset about it. We didn't have a chance to say anything at all.
"Why should this stuff be installed in a residential area? Kids are walking to pre-school here every day."
Opposition Leader and State MP for Auburn, Luke Foley, said he shared the concerns of parents who were alarmed at having a mobile phone facility located so close to a childcare centre.
"These radio frequency fields should not be so close to a children's preschool," he said.
"I am writing to TPG to ask them to listen to residents and move the facility to a more appropriate area.
"I call on the Cumberland Council to use their rights as landowners and to lodge an objection with the Telecommunication Ombudsman to stop this."
The Review spoke to Kordia Solutions, who are completing the work on behalf of TPG, but they refused to comment on the concerns raised. There was also no response from TPG before deadline.

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