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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16381

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the concerns of residents of Camp Hill, Queensland in respect of the planned installation of communication facilities in a residential area, namely, at 520 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill.

The petitioners further draw to the attention of the House that residents were not formally advised of the proposal to install the facilities, and were provided with no opportunity to register their concerns. The petitioners further note that neither Schedule 3 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 nor the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 contain any requirement for carriers to communicate information on a proposed low-impact installation to residents in proximity to the installation, nor is there provision for residents to access any consultative or appeal mechanism.

Your Petitioners therefore ask that the House require the Minister to:

a) direct the One-Tel telecommunications company to terminate its proposed construction of communication installations at 520 Old Cleveland, Camp Hill; and

b) amend the Telecommunications Act 1997 to include provisions requiring communications carriers to formally notify residents in the vicinity of an installation of its proposed construction, and institute an appeal mechanism whereby residents are able to register objections on the basis of a communication installation's impact on the amenity of the area and potential health risks.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will forever pray.

by Mr Rudd (from 937 citizens).