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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

New weather radar for Townsville

Media release
28 September 2011
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A new weather radar in the Bureau of Meteorology’s observations network will be commissioned in Townsville today.

The Hervey Range radar – located about 21 kilometres south-west of Townsville – replaces the Mount Stuart radar, which has been in operation since 1971 and was one of the oldest in the Bureau’s network.

The $2.3 million project is one of 15 radar replacements funded by the Australian Government.

Announcing the commissioning of the new radar, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the work had been completed in time for the upcoming cyclone season in the far-north Queensland region.

“The radar’s primary purposes are the detection of rainfall and storms in the greater Townsville region, and also the long-range detection and monitoring of tropical cyclones as they approach the coast,” he said.

“The new radar is one of the most modern in the network and will provide greater resolution and sensitivity than its predecessor, and ultimately more detailed imagery.”

The commissioning of the radar coincides with the annual program of pre-season storm, cyclone and flood briefings involving the Bureau of Meteorology and local emergency services organisations.

The Hervey Range site is located approximately 590 metres above sea level, and was selected for its high elevation and clear outlook.

To view real time data from the radar go to www.bom.gov.au and click on the radar link on the home page.