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Suburbs do battle over phone antennae
By Sue Lowe
November 10, 2003

Residents in at least eight Sydney suburbs are fighting the mobile
telephone company Hutchison over the location of new antennae for its 3G

Groups at Oatley, Minchinbury, Castle Hill, Bilgola, Como, Gymea Bay,
Engadine and Woolooware are embroiled in disputes with the company.

Some were inspired by the apparent success of Oatley residents, who
after a year-long battle forced Hutchison to remove a pole it had
illegally erected to house an antenna.

However, it may have been a short-lived victory, as Hutchison has now
outlined plans for another site in the park, just 50 metres away from
the first.

Anne Wagstaff, an Oatley protester, questioned the public demand for
Hutchison's 3G technology - the first to support video calls - which so
far has only 50,000 subscribers Australia-wide.

"Do we really need video phone technology, and at what price?" she asked.

Residents of the Pittwater suburb of Bilgola are concerned about the
visual impact of an 11-metre structure on their headland reserve.

As part of the rollout of its 3G mobile network, Hutchison has installed
more than 500 new antennae throughout Sydney.

While older GSM mobile technology required one antenna every five
kilometres, 3G needs them to be 1.5 to three kilometres apart.

A spokeswoman for Hutchison said that wherever possible it had put them
with those of other telephone companies or utility providers, to avoid
new structures.

Several disputes, including one at Minchinbury, hinge on the unknown
long-term health implications of the antennae.

One local, Michelle Bass, said the original proposed site was just 200
metres from the primary school and close to homes.

"Asbestos wasn't seen as a hazard until there had been years of
long-term exposure," she said. "People just don't know what the
long-term effects will be."

Under existing legislation, phone companies are not required to obtain
council approval to install antennae on existing poles as long as the
new equipment is deemed to have a low visual impact. However, they are
required to consult local people.

Several groups, including the one in Como, have claimed Hutchison has
not consulted, or has been divisive in which sections of a community it
has chosen to talk to.

Hutchison says that in several cases, including Minchinbury, a
compromise site has been reached through community consultation.

This story was found at:

Informant: Dr Miguel Muntané

Omega: see also http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/07/08/1057430209500.html
and http://www.oatleypark.com/


Gauss News of October 2003
1) In Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu Electric Power Co. broke off talks
with nature conservation organizations and residents groups in August
and started felling forests and erecting pylons for a 500,000 volt power
line which the company intends to make operational in July 2006. The
conservationists and residents had been calling urgently for Kyushu
Electric to reroute the line. The forest has been recognized as habitat
for an endangered species of mushroom, which is seen as a barometer of
the naturalness of that forest type. The company said it saw no hope of
reaching an agreement acceptable to all, so it simply broke off talks
and brought out the bulldozers.

On September 6, at a general meeting of the Zenkoku Shizenhogo Rengo
(All Japan Nature Conservation League), a resolution was adopted
protesting Kyushu Electric’s tactics and calling for cessation of
construction and redrafting of plans for the power line.

Note: these tactics are typical of Japan’s government and big
businesses, and citizens have virtually no power to defend their own
property, health or environment.

2) In Tokyo’s Nerima Ward, residents were astounded to learn that a
public health consultation office had moved to a location directly under
high-tension lines. The controversy regarding EMF is well known here.
The move appears to have been a PR move to bolster Tokyo Electric Power
Co.’s claims of safety, which were thrown into doubt by the publication
earlier this year of research results on assessment of health risks to
children from EMF in their living environment. Also, the cash-strapped
Tokyo government probably found a cheaper deal in purchasing land next
to a pylon. One wonders what kinds of deals go on behind closed doors.

3) Also in Nerima Ward, residents gathered more than 7500 signatures in
opposition to the placement of a cell phone mast atop an apartment
building. The matter has not yet been resolved one way or the other. It
has been policy in Japan to provide no explanation to the inhabitants of
apartment buildings where antennas are planned to be installed, but
recently, owners are feeling some pressure to provide a questionnaire
and reassuring literature in order to head off disputes.

4) On August 30, the newspapers reported that the 17 commuter train
companies in the Kanto area had decided to relax rules against cell
phone use on their trains. In the past, they encouraged everyone to keep
their cell phones turned off in recognition of the hazard to persons
with pacemakers trapped in a sardine-like setting during rush hour. Now
they allow texting, and anyone who wants to escape the hazard must try
to find a place immediately by the Silver Seats, which are designated
for elderly, handicapped or pregnant passengers, where cell phone use is
still prohibited though there is no clear demarcation.

On a rush-hour train, it is impossible to move except with the crowd.
People are pushed against their will into and out of Silver Seat areas.
One may spend an hour or more in immediate, tight physical contact with
five or six others under conditions of near suffocation, and Heaven
forbid there should be an accident, such as a suicide—very
common—because then every cell phone in the place whips to the alert. I
for one quit a job I loved and accepted a lower standard of living to
avoid this after I became aware it was harming my health.

It would make better sense to have some cars designated okay for texting
and prohibit use in other cars. In April 1997, the Ministry of Posts and
Telecommunications reported that a digital cell phone operating in the
800 MHz band with maximum power of 0.8 W (burst value) caused a
pacemaker to malfunction at distances of up to 30 cm (field strength of
0.7 W/m2). By contrast, ICNIRP’s reference level for public exposure at
1 GHz is 5 W/m2, which cannot be considered a safe level for pacemakers,
digital hearing aids and other medical devices. Recent research in Japan
has found that reflection and overlap of EMW in metal-enclosed spaces
such as trains can produce field strengths exceeding even ICNIRP’s
standards. Persons with pacemakers have felt uneasy about cell phone use
aboard trains, and efforts to educate the public, such as posters in
train stations, probably helped them to some degree. Also there was
apparently some progress being made with regard to enforcing cell phone
restrictions, but the current decision of the train companies is a big
step backward.

This decision hurts not only people with pacemakers. According to one
survey, 21% of passengers were uncomfortable about others using cell
phones to send e-mail on the trains, and 12% were uncomfortable about
others having their cell phones switched on.

Shocked by the train companies’ decision, Tetsu Kawai wrote a letter
protesting this decision and sent it to one newspaper, which failed to
publish it, and a second newspaper, which also failed to publish it. (My
experiences here have been identical.)

So he called up the train companies, asking them to explain the
rationale for their decision. They responded simply that having various
rules among different companies was causing confusion, so they decided
to make them uniform and adopted the laxest. They refused to answer why
they chose the laxest (but I think I know why: I once vehemently
protested the prominent and ubiquitous cell phone advertisements taking
space on turnstiles and other train company property. Public
transportation should for everyone, not just a tyrannical minority and
those who can tolerate them.) They seem intent on putting a lid on

Only one company, Keisei, listened politely to Mr. Kawai’s complaint and
gave a relatively decent response, “We are unhappy about the way this
decision was made, but we were in a difficult position. We will at least
enforce the switch-off rule by the Silver Seats, with clear indications
on the hand straps and other places, and on new trains we will draw
lines demarking the zones.”

The responses of the three companies on whose trains Mr. Kawai rides
regularly were particularly poor, so he took a day off from work in
September and visited the headquarters of two of the companies and a
customer service office of the third to hand deliver letters addressed
to the company presidents, attaching his unpublished letter to the

I will translate his letter later this week.

5) On November 8, a lecture was given by Tsuyoshi Hondo of Tohoku
University on Reflection and Overlapping of High Frequency
Electromagnetic Waves, Taking the Example of Passive Exposure from
Cellular Phones Aboard Trains. His research has shown that theoretically
it is possible for EMF values aboard trains where many cell phones are
in use simultaneously to exceed international safety standards by a wide
margin, and he is trying to warn the public of the danger. When I have
more information on how this went, I will send it.


Pat Ormsby


Meeting in the Ministry of Health
Suddenly I received a mail from the Council of Health, that I should
give a 10 min. presentation about the REFLEX report, and tell them if
the report can be used at all in connection with the 3G mast discussion.
I can see the purpose of it: they want to go out to the media and the
population and tell them, that now I have admitted , that the Reflex
report is completely irrelevant to the discussion and that they knew it
all the time. So there is no proof that masts can give cancer.
However, this has never been said, but one can always turn the truth
upside down, if it is convenient.

Sianette Kwee


How to turn the truth upside down: Re: Meeting in the Ministry of Health
Dear Sianette Kwee

REFLEX can be seen as a way to study how to study.

To speak about “theory” and reports… is a good method to turn the truth
upside down and best delay tactic.

I suggest to keep the attention only on practical health alteration: BBB
and chromosome damage.

Best regards

Miguel Muntané


We need help
On November 2003
Palo Alto CA. USA
Ed. Kats wrote.

Dear Klaus.

As I wrote to you before, my family was forcefully subjected to became
Human Guinea Pigs in classified medical research conducted by the
............... During routine operations while being under the general
anesthesia, doctors involving in classified researses, implanted
plantation of microchips into the heads of the member of the Kats
family. One of the main courses of studies is exploring
program-involving studies of human eyes. Most of the chipsets implanted
into our sculls are perfectly visible on X-ray but surgical removal will
involve loss of vision, vegetation of death. Some details of this
draconian experiment could be review in our site: www.wass.8m.com

I would like to ask visitors of your site:

How possibly we can protect ourselves to eliminate interception of
transmitted in our heads waves?

Perhaps somebody know what type of waves is being transmitted and on
what type of frequencies our body is function on?

Is it existing anything that could dysfunction chip implanted into the
human body without surgical involvements and anyhow effecting
environments of the human body?

Please help us to provide information in regards of our questions.

Sincerely. Edward Kats.


Anti-tobacco victory (excerpt)
To All - Please indulge my enthusiasm about the success of the Project
Citizen program directed by my husband and his teaching partner for the
English and Social Studies curricula in their middle school 8th grade
classes for the Marshfield and Plainfield, Vermont communities. For
information on how to establish a Project Citizen program in your local
schools see: http://www.civiced.org/crs_index.php

Janet Newton

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