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Mount Isa weather radar a good first start: Katter

By Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday November 13, 2012 - 09:40 EDT

North-west Queensland federal MP Bob Katter says a world-class weather radar for Mount Isa is a step in the right direction but more early warning systems are needed.

A new radar was commissioned yesterday, as part of a $48 million Federal Government project to install four radars across Australia.

It is the only new installation in Queensland.

The new radar will fill a gap that existed previously between Mornington Island in the Gulf and Longreach.

Mr Katter, the Member for Kennedy, says more funding is needed to capture more weather information during the cyclone and wet seasons.

"We need three stages of early warning system here and at least we have got the first stage in place now," he said.

"We need a second radar on the other side of the Gulf from us, or lower Peninsula, and thirdly we need an early warning systems for all of our rivers which we still haven't got."

However, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability, says the Government has made the right decision in prioritising funding.

Senator Farrell says new technology to come online next year will improve weather information.

"Next year, we will be launching our next generation forecasting," he said.

"You'll be able to get weather forecasting for each six-kilometre area of the state.

"I think we are heading in the right direction - this brand new radar is going to provide us with some of the best world-class forecasting that is available anywhere in the world."

Senator Farrell says the Federal Government has made an assessment as to what is "the big bang for your buck in this area".

"I believe this, with the 'Next Gen' forecasting, is exactly what the people of far north Queensland need," he said.


© ABC 2012

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