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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment snd Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Greg Hunt MP
Federal Member for Fadden
David Jull MP

23 August 2005

Queensland's newest radar online by Australia Day 2006

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and David Jull MP, Federal Member for Fadden today announced that the first images from Queensland's most technologically advanced radar is expected to be available by Australia Day 2006.

"Queensland is home to one of only six new Doppler radars in Australia and this radar currently being built at Mt Stapylton on Brisbane's southern outskirts will be the second of the Bureau's new radars to come online," Mr Hunt said.

"We are on-track for the first of the radar's publicly available images to appear on the Bureau's website by around Australia Day next year.

"This is a $3.5 million investment in upgrading weather technology and services for South East Queensland as part of a federal Government commitment of $62 million for improved weather services across Australia.

"I thank David Jull for his ongoing interest and support of this radar and the benefits that it will bring to the communities of South East Queensland."

Mr Jull said that South East Queensland was one of Australia's fastest growing residential areas and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.

"Brisbane is also one of Australia's busiest storm capitals and the South East Queensland corridor records between 10 and 20 severe storms each season," Mr Jull said.

"The new Doppler - with double the resolution of conventional radars - will mean improved forecasts, particularly on rainfall and help warning times in the event of severe storms for the communities of South East Queensland.

"From around Australia Day next year, the Mt Stapylton Doppler will help provide more certainty about what the weather holds for the million plus people who live in this region."

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's Office) 0423 577 045
Robyn Murphy (Mr Jull's office) (07) 5580 0355

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