Radio station busted over unauthorised transmission tower

Staff Writer

Build it and they will come, they said. And that’s exactly what’s happened in Newcastle after angry residents noticed a 25-meter transmission tower in their front yard.

The unapproved tower belongs to the Super Radio Network and its commander, Bill Caralis.

Its stations 2HD and NEWFM were hoping for more listeners, but instead got a visit from authorities after multiple complaints from the new tower’s neighbours.

According to the Daily Telegraph, who first reported the story, the network erected a transmission tower over six months ago south of Newcastle and without council approval.

Residents then complained to the council, forcing the radio company to play catchup by lodging a DA application with Lake Macquarie City after the fact.

More than a dozen local residents have since lodged objections, citing potential health risks and concerns over construction standards given its located in a bushfire prone area.

The fact that said tower is also a complete eyesore has some nearby locals up in arms.

Lake Macquarie Councillor Adam Schultz last week filed a notice of motion to have the DA decided by council, rather than under delegated authority.

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5 May 2020 - 4:06 pm

I don’t know what it is about this company.
They treat their DAB+ stations as an inconvenience. Either taking them off air completely for long periods or having a 24 hour playlist where the same song is played at the same time every day for months on end.
Now this.


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