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Diane Morrison out side Justine Elliot's office. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Diane Morrison out side Justine Elliot's office. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

A GROUP of Clothiers Creek residents have threatened to escalate their protests against a proposed 30m Ericsson wireless internet tower in the coming weeks.

The group of 20 gathered outside Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot's office and Tweed State MP Geoff Provest's office last week to draw attention to their fight to stop the tower going ahead.

Both parliamentarians were unavailable to speak to their constituents at the time.

After the rally, Mrs Elliot issued a statement which said she had a "long-standing prior commitment this morning in the electorate and was not available at the time that this group gathered".

"My door is always open and I have previously met with this group of residents from Clothiers Creek concerning the NBN tower and have made direct representations to the Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government," she said.

"I've also been contacted by other locals expressing a very positive view regarding the roll out of NBN in Clothiers Creek."

Group spokesman, pilot Josh Broom, said MPs were "ignoring" the group.

"You can't make a problem go away by ignoring it," he said.

"We're talking about a 36-metre tower within 500m of seven children."

"There are so many studies suggesting not only is microwave radiation harmful but that it is much worse for children because of their developing bone structure."

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