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 Phone towers make locals see red and want to . . .

                                                                                                                                    Paint it
                                                                            Mobile phone tower
                                                                            sites in Boroondara
                                                                            Ashburton                                  3
                                                                            Balwyn                                     9
                                                                            Balwyn North                               7
                                                                            Camberwell                                17
                                                                            Canterbury                                 8




                                                                                                                                    black
                                                                            Glen Iris                                 10
                                                                            Hawthorn                                  21
                                                                            Kew                                       19
                                                                            Surrey Hills                               4




                                                                                                                                    EXCLUSIVE                                                                            deflect electromagnetic radiation. It costs
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                                                                                                                                    BIANCA CARMONA                                                                        After coating his house and the internal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ceilings with the black paint (then covering
                                                                                                                                    THEY don’t glow in the dark, but there’s a                                           that with standard paint in the original
                                                                                                                                    new look to some houses and shops in                                                 colour) the readings dropped to 0.7
                                                                                                                                    Hawthorn and Kew.                                                                    microwatts, he said.
                                                                                                                                     Some residents fear electromagnetic radi-                                            But Kordia electromagnetic safety consult-
                                                                                                                                    ation from phone towers will affect their                                            ant Vitaf Anderson was sceptical.
                                                                                                                                    health.                                                                               ‘‘We don’t know of anyone who uses this
                                                                                                                                     And now – despite the long-term effects of                                          paint for effective screening,’’ Mr Anderson
                                                                                                                                    electromagnetic radiation still being widely                                         said.
                                                                                                                                    debated – about 20 families and businesses                                            Australian Mobile Telecommunications
                                                                                                                                    have settled on a startling ‘‘solution’’ that                                        Authority spokesman Randal Markey said
                                                                                                                                    has experts sceptical.                                                               scientific evidence by independent experts
                                                                                                                                     Residents are using ‘‘special’’ black anti-                                         showed ‘‘no justification’’ for the paint.
                                                                                                                                    radiation paint imported from Germany to                                              His view was supported by Prof Rodney
                                                                                                                                    cover their houses. One resident is import-                                          Croft, executive director of Swinburne
                                                                                                                                    ing curtain fabrics and window film, which                                           University’s     Australian      Centre    for
                                                                                                                                    he says also block radiation.                                                        Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research, who
                                                                                                                                     Hawthorn’s David Mould embarked on the                                              said mobile phone base stations were
                                                                                                                                    hunt for ‘‘protection’’ after he lost a battle                                       unlikely to have any effects on humans.
                                                                                                                                    against a phone tower being built 50m from                                            Prof Croft said it was not known if long-
                                                                                                                                    his house.                                                                           term exposure affected health.
                                                                                                                                     It is one of 21 phone towers in Hawthorn.                                            But Mr Mould is resolute and has organ-
                                                                                                                                     Mr Mould was horrified when he                                                      ised the treatment for 20 houses and
                                                                                                                                    measured radiation readings of 4392                                                  businesses. ‘‘Not everyone’s concerned, but
                                                                                                                                    microwatts on his son’s pillow.                                                      for anyone who is, there is something you
                                                                                                                                     He said international building guidelines                                           can do,’’ he said.
                                                                                                                                    recommended       no    more      than    five                                        Kew Organics owner Jack Verbeek had his
                                                                                                                                    microwatts a square metre.                                                           shop painted after a phone tower was
                                                                                                                                     ‘‘We even considered moving,’’ the father                                           installed on top of a nearby bookshop at
                                                                                                                                    of three said.                                                                       Willsmere Village. He said electromagnetic
                                                                                                                                     Then he discovered a German paint the                                               radiation readings at the shop had
A painter applies the anti-radiation paint to a house in Hawthorn.                                               N33PP303           manufacturer claimed uses carbon to                                                  decreased dramatically.


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