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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
The Hon Warren Truss MP
Minister for Transport & Regional Services
Member for Wide Bay

1 August 2006

Gympie's weather radar upgrade underway


Residents in Queensland's Cooloola region will soon receive improved local weather forecasts and warnings, with work on a $1.75M upgrade of Gympie's weather radar now underway, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss said today.

Mr Truss said the WSR-74S radar installation is due for completion by the end of October and will provide meteorologists with more detailed images of the intensity and movement of rain and hail-producing systems.

"This information will allow for more accurate warnings of thunderstorms, floods and other severe weather conditions affecting the region," he said.

Greg Hunt, the Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology today congratulated Warren Truss on his commitment to the upgrade project and to improved weather services for the people of the Cooloola region.

"The Gympie radar is one of 15 weather watch radars to be replaced or upgraded under a $62 million Australian Government project over five years.

"The project also includes six new Doppler radars, one of which is to be installed in Brisbane," he said.

Mr Truss said the new radar will replace technology that has been in use for almost 30 years.

"The new equipment supersedes a WF44 radar which was installed in 1977. The new radar will be installed on a new 15-metre cylindrical tower," he said.

More detailed Gympie radar imagery will be available on the Bureau's website at http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/radar/ when the radar is operational.

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 0412 360 987
Jim Kennedy (Mr Truss's office) 0438 191 233

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