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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
David Jull MP
Federal Member for Fadden

4 August 2006

New generation weather radar for Brisbane

The second of Australia's new generation weather radars will be opened today at Mt Stapylton, between Brisbane City and the Gold Coast, said the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with Ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The high resolution Doppler radar has been constructed as part of the Federal Government's five-year $62 million radar upgrade project, announced during the 2003-04 Budget.

"The new radar is ideally positioned to monitor weather across the Brisbane area and Gold Coast, and will serve as the premier radar for Greater Brisbane and most of Southeast Queensland," said Mr Hunt.

"It also has an excellent view to the north as far as Tin Can Bay, and southward to Evans Head (NSW), and provides coverage of the inland areas of Stanthorpe, Karara, Dalby and Kingaroy, as well as of Casino and Tenterfield in northern NSW," he said.

"The new radar will provide an important boost for local weather services and is a vital tool for providing high quality forecast and warning services to southeast Queensland and northern NSW.

"The public will have easy access to the data via the Bureau's web site, where radar images will be displayed at four times the resolution of other images, and updated every ten minutes.

"I congratulate David Jull for his commitment to the project and to weather services for southeast Queensland," said Mr Hunt.

Mr David Jull, Federal Member for Fadden, said the state-of-the-art radar has Doppler capability, enabling forecasters to "see" the wind flow and the rainfall intensity associated with weather systems.

"This information can provide valuable clues about the potential severity of thunderstorms and other hazardous weather affecting Greater Brisbane and its surrounds," said Mr Jull.

"Forecasters will use this data to provide more effective short term forecasts and warnings of severe weather, such as large hailstones, damaging winds and tornadoes," he said.

Other expected ongoing community benefits include

Imagery from the Bureau's network of weather radars is freely available on the Bureau web site, consistently rated one of Australia's most heavily accessed web sites.

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Office of Mr Hunt), 0415 740 722
David Jull 07 5580 0355

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