Towering coverage concern at Mullaway

AN OPTUS phone tower proposed to be constructed in Mullaway has triggered a number of concerns within the village community.

Community concerns are centred around the intended location of the tower on 1 Arrarwarra Dr, an area within close range of Mullaway Public School and residential blocks.

The tower aims to alleviate the issue of poor mobile reception in the Mullaway area with the installation expected to have a reach that goes as far north as Halfway Creek.

Mullaway resident Belinda Flynn highlighted her main concerns about the proposed tower.

The uncertainty surrounding medical studies into health risks of living around phone towers is one of her primary concerns.

"While there's a question mark there, I think we should be erring on the side of caution," Ms Flynn said.

Ms Flynn also said a phone tower would be "an eyesore" in the village and spoil its natural beauty.

She suggested re-locating the tower on rural blocks on the other side of the highway that aren't as close to residents.

In a statement, Optus said they've commenced community consultation regarding a proposal for a new mobile tower site in Mullaway.

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

An online petition against the tower development is in sight of reaching its target of 500 signatures.

Public comment on the project closes on Thursday.

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