The Super Radio Network has erected a transmission tower south of Newcastle without council approval, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph (subscription required).
According to the paper, the 25m-high radio tower appeared in the front yard of Tereasa Trevor’s property at 14 Eagles Nest Close six months before plans for it were lodged with Lake Macquarie City.
After concerned residents raised that matter of the towers erection, the broadcaster, who owns Newcastle stations 2HD and NEWFM was then forced to retrospectively lodge a DA with the Lake Macquarie Council.
So far more than a dozen residents have lodged objections to the tower, concerned about possible health risks from radiation, visual appearance, constructions standards and whether or not it would cause problems in the bushfire prone area.
According to the Telegraph, last week Lake Macquarie Councillor Adam Schultz filed a notice of motion to have the DA decided by council rather than under delegated authority.
His main concern was whether Super Radio Network was trying to ride roughshod over the approval process given “you need a DA for a garden shed” let alone radio broadcasting infrastructure.
“It doesn’t bode well,” he said.
“If the process has been broken it is distasteful.”