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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
3 May 2004
Weather surveillance in South East Queensland is set to improve with the selection of the Brisbane area for the building of a new advanced radar system, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, said today.
"A number of mountain or hilltop locations are currently being evaluated to determine the best site with the best surveillance coverage possible for this Doppler 'high-tech' radar," Dr Stone said.
"Historically, some of the Australia's most severe storms occur across South East Queensland."
"This new Doppler Weather Radar has double the current resolution of existing radar and can better detect and forecast severe weather patterns.
"It will enhance the Bureau's ability to identify major storms affecting the Brisbane area and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and should increase the warning times directed to the community."
Dr Stone said that Brisbane was one of six sites nationwide to receive the new Doppler Weather Radar as part of the Federal Government's $62 million five-year commitment to replace less powerful meteorological radar systems throughout Australia.
The new radar would complement the coverage provided by the existing radar located near Marburg about 50km west of Brisbane city, and will improve current Bureau services, including:
"The new system will be fully operational by mid 2005," Dr Stone said.