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The council’s inability to listen to the people is becoming more and more apparent.

I attended the Special Electors meeting last week about the proposed telecommunications tower in Robinson. 

My attendance was in support of some of the local residents who had a variety of concerns about the tower including property devaluation.  

I personally stood up and spoke, encouraging the council to adopt a precautionary principle to 5G after listing many municipalities around the world that had already done just that – the insurance companies that have excluded EMF radiation and highlighting the fact that ARPANSA (Australian Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) has recently made a disclaimer saying they don’t give medical advice. Medical opinion always has precedence over that of a scientist in law. 

We also offered a solution: fibre optic cabling is safer, faster, more reliable, provides greater capacity and is more cyber secure, not to mention it wouldn’t be spattering our historic tourist town with unsightly towers.  

The Mayor declared the meeting closed, seconds after asking if there was any further business, not giving anyone time to think let alone speak.

Once he declared the meeting closed, I personally put my hand up and said “sorry but we’ve actually got some motions to put forward,” to which Dennis Wellington responded that he’d already closed the meeting. 

He eventually reopened the meeting but only did so after continual objections from the public in attendance.  

It also came to our surprise that after hearing the public speak, the Mayor instructed the councillors that when casting their vote at the next ordinary council meeting, they can only consider the matter as a planning issue, they can’t take into consideration any other issues that were put to them, including property devaluation.

These are the people that have been elected to represent the people of Albany, yet they are being told to disregard our concerns.  Surely planning matters are an issue for the planning department, to enable the councillors to do their job… represent the Albany community.  

Yana Appleton, McKail

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