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Eucla vows to continue weather radar fight

Friday March 22, 2013 - 15:17 EDT

Eucla residents say they will not give up the fight to keep a weather radar in the region, after the Federal Government's continued plans to dismantle it.

Yesterday, the federal Member for O'Connor, Tony Crook, had a parliamentary meeting about the issue and said he was disappointed with the result.

The community has been lobbying to keep the real-time weather radar, which it says is a lifesaving device as it is used by emergency services, and has a petition with thousands of supporting signatures.

Eucla resident Rasa Patupis says the Bureau of Meteorology and the Federal Government have not addressed all of the community's concerns.

"They're talking about better forecasting but we're talking about real information that's needed," she said.

"So they're not looking at the depth of the question ... you forecast for a good weekend and it rains, it doesn't always, it's not a 100 per cent science, whereas when you've got real-time radar you know that the rain is dropping at such and such [a] position or place."


- ABC

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