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Eucla residents hope for radar rethink

Thursday March 21, 2013 - 14:56 EDT

A group fighting to retain a weather radar in Eucla is hoping for a positive result in a parliamentary meeting being held about the issue today.

The Bureau of Meteorology had planned to dismantle the radar on the Eyre Highway this week due to funding constraints.

However, it has agreed to postpone dismantling what residents describe as a 'lifesaving device', until after the federal meeting today.

Eucla resident Rasa Patupis says the radar generates weather information in real time that is vital for rescue services trying to find out when to land.

"Obviously we hope to keep the radar open and I don't mean it to be manned but just keeping the radar functioning so we can have real-time information," she said.

"That is vital for the district.

"I have my fingers crossed and I hope the powers that be have an open mind and just take in all the information, not just budgetary constraints.

"The community is all for it, I think every person I've spoken to in the community has signed the petition, so I haven't had any negative feedback because just to make people aware outside of our district - that it is important."


- ABC

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