Tennant Creek residents say they have been promised the town's weather radar will not be torn down this year.
The radar was turned off at the weekend by the Bureau of Meteorology with plans to dismantle it today.
Residents have been protesting outside the site for several days, concerned about losing the source of local weather information.
Protester Kate Foran says the bureau has given a commitment that the radar will not be torn down immediately.
"The attitude here is, by turning it off, it's just as simple a process to turn it back on," she said.
"But our argument was once that tower's pulled down, we've got no chance of it ever being put back up again.
"So delaying that dismantlement was very important and it was to buy time to have some consultation."
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