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Wimmera weather radar confirmed


Western Victorian farmers will have a greater ability to make agricultural decisions based on ‘real-time’ weather forecasts with confirmation the Wimmera will soon be home to a multi-million-dollar radar system.
State and federal governments have confirmed funding for the Wimmera Doppler Weather Radar Project, which will eliminate rain radar ‘black spots’.
The radar will help broadacre farmers across a vast section of Victoria plan key time-critical activities, such as fertiliser and herbicide applications, reducing costs and increasing productivity, and in turn regional economic benefits.
The State Government has committed $5-million to capital costs of the project and the Federal Government will provide $3.2-million to cover commissioning and annual operating and maintenance costs.
Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, a strong project advocate, said a site for the Wimmera radar station was yet to be determined.
“The Bureau of Meteorology will choose the site and will be responsible for the build, operation and maintenance of the radar station,” he said.
“The absence of reliable, current weather data on conditions such as rain can have ramifications for farmers. But the lack information can also have implications for other sectors, importantly, those related to emergency services.
“To secure this radar is important for the region as a whole, and I look forward to seeing the project completed and delivering for the people of the Wimmera.”

For full story, see the April 6, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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