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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 Bruce Scott MP
Federal Member for Maranoa

22 May 2006

New weather radar for western Queensland


The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and The Hon. Bruce Scott MP, Federal Member for Maranoa, today announced that site works for the installation of a new weather radar in western Queensland had commenced.

"The new weather radar will be located near Dulbydilla, around 100km East of Charleville and will be known as the 'Warrego' radar," Mr Hunt said.

"This radar will replace the current weather watch radar at Charleville that has been in operation since 1983."

"The new location will improve the radar coverage for the area as well as continue to detect rainfall areas and monitor weather conditions to the west of Charleville and the east of Mitchell and Roma."

Mr Scott said the new radar's location will be more beneficial to a wider section of the community than the previous radar.

"The sitting position of the current radar at Charleville is not ideal and this means that its coverage of the surrounding area is not as wide as the new radar's coverage will be."

"Site works for the installation of the radar commenced on the 15th May and construction completion is expected to be in June. The new radar is expected to be operational by August."

The radar is being replaced as part of a $62.2 million initiative funded over five years by the Federal Government.

The Bureau is at the mid point of this initiative that will replace 15 obsolete radars in the Bureau's national network and upgrade a further six to advanced high resolution Doppler radars.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Office of Mr Hunt) 0415 740 722
Monica McCabe (Office of Mr Scott) 0427 743 126

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