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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP

Member for Lingiari

Tennant Creek weather radar stays on the air

Joint media release
1 February 2013

The Gillard Government has committed to continuing the operation of the Tennant Creek weather radar to provide ongoing observations for residents of the town and the broader Barkly Region.

Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the Government listened to the local community's strong desire for the radar's weather watch function to continue operating.

"Locals know that the information provided by the weather radar is an essential aid to economic interests, safe transport and planning activity across the Barkly region from the south of Katherine, east to the Queensland border, west to the West Australian border and north of Alice Springs.

"The radar provides a valuable service to the pastoral industry that operates in an area the size of Victoria, with few main roads and some limits on telecommunications. It's great news for the community to see that this service will continue," Mr Snowdon said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability Senator Don Farrell said the decision to continue operating the radar had been made because of Mr Snowdon's strong and passionate representations on behalf of the people of Barkly Region.

"Warren's representations to me have highlighted how strongly his community feels that the radar's weather watch capability has become an essential source of weather information in the area.

"The Barkly Region community's passion for this radar service reflects the value that Australians place on the outstanding work of the Bureau of Meteorology. The BOM provides important and extremely popular weather forecasting, observation and information services to people right across the country."