Ageing radio tower touted as heritage

A striking element on eastern Melbourne’s leafy suburban landscape is an old radio tower that remains controversial for local residents and road users.

The City of Whitehorse wants the 45-metre steel lattice structure to be given heritage protection. Local residents claim it should be pulled down in their petition.

Telstra seeks to demolish the tower at Surrey Hills and replace it with a monopole. The tower was built to provide radio and television links between Melbourne and regional Victoria, after another aerial was obscured by high-rise buildings.

The elevated site has also been used effectively by a radio amateur with light beam communications at dusk to Geelong.

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