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|Type||Television reception tower|
|Location||Alston, NCD, Sirocco|
|Completed|| 1987 (initial)|
2001 (following collapse)
|Height|| 6m approx (from base)|
11m approx (from ground)
|Owner||Alston City Council|
The Alston Aerial is an approximately six-metre tall television reception mast in Alston, National Capital District, Sirocco. Constructed in 1987, it is the tallest structure in Sirocco. It is also the only guyed mast in the National Capital District.
The Aerial was built in 1987 to enable Alston (then unincorporated) to receive analogue television broadcasts. However due to the topology of the area the aerial needed to have extra height to pick up the channels and as such is the tallest television aerial in the wider area.
In July 2001, the Aerial suffered a catastrophic collapse when high winds snapped a rusted guy wire, bringing the aerial down and narrowly missing a car. Analogue television reception was interrupted for four days, however satellite television was able to 'fill in' for the downtime. The Aerial was re-erected with new guy wires which support the Aerial to this day.
The future of the Aerial is in doubt after a proposal was put forward for the demolition of the Aerial. At current it is 24 years old and due to the impending analogue switchoff in 2013, the Aerial will essentially become obsolete and it is unlikely it will remain standing after analogue switchoff in Alston.