UP IN ARMS: Mullaway Public School students, parents and residents protested against the proposed phone tower to be built in close vicinity to the school and residences.
UP IN ARMS: Mullaway Public School students, parents and residents protested against the proposed phone tower to be built in close vicinity to the school and residences. Trevor Veale

Now is the hour to raise your concerns on the tower

OPTUS and Metasite representatives met with Mullaway Public School relieving principal David King and concerned residents yesterday to discuss the proposed mobile tower in Arrawarra Dr.

A band of protesters from Mullaway Public and its surrounds rallied against the tower yesterday in front of the school where the meeting took place.

Organiser of the community campaign against the tower, Tegan Ewart, the school's P&C representatives, and an Australian Communications and Media Authority representative were also present at the talks.

Mrs Ewart said she was pleased Optus had agreed to extend the May 17 community consultation deadline to a later date yet to be confirmed by the company.

She said those opposed to the tower made a number of recommendations including re-advertising the plan for the proposed phone tower in the Woolgoolga Advertiser, erecting a bigger sign at the proposed site and sending a letter to all houses within a 500m radius of the tower.

The recommendations will be considered by Optus as community consultations move forward.

Ms Ewart was disappointed the national phone company didn't consider the large number of alternative locations that were presented at the meeting.

"They weren't willing to look at the other 20 plus proposed sites that were tabled at the meeting except for the three that they had previously approved in the Mullaway village area," Mrs Ewart said.

Meanwhile Optus repeated its statement provided to the Advertiser on May 3 which said it had commenced community consultation regarding a proposal for a new mobile tower site in Mullaway.

The company says when it assesses places for new mobile tower sites, they use customer feedback and their analysis to identify the best locations for improved voice and data services for local mobile customers.

In recent weeks, Mullaway residents have taken to social media and signed petitions to voice their opposition to the phone tower.

The proposed tower aims to provide faster mobile reception from Mullaway to Halfway Creek.



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