Communities need to have a say in where mobile phone towers are located, and not depend on the whim of telecommunications companies, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"While Telstra's decision to withdraw its development application for a mobile phone tower at Tinderbox is welcome, people should have more influence in where mobile phone towers are located," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"People should be able to voice concerns about infrastructure which may impact on their lives. The Greens will introduce legislation to that end into the Senate this month," Senator Brown said.
"The current law allows companies to install 'low-impact' mobile phone facilities. Given the conflicting opinions about the possible health impacts of exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields, especially for children, and other impacts, the Greens think it's better to take a precautionary approach."