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OROC calls for better weather forecasting

Robyn Herron and Sally Bryant, Monday February 18, 2013 - 07:14 EDT

There are calls for the central west region to have its own weather radar.

The Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC) has endorsed a report listing the social and economic need for a system to be installed.

OROC working group member Ashley Wielinga says limited weather information has negative impacts on agriculture, emergency services, health services and air services in the west.

"Regardless of what business you're in or what activity you undertake, living in the central west everything revolves around the season conditions in the weather so they have a bearing on everything that we do," he said.

"There's no doubt that when you look at the radar coverage over the whole of Australia, not only NSW, that there is a massive gap when it comes to the central west and the far west of NSW."

He says the report will now be used to lobby the federal government and other potential partners for the service to be installed.

"With any application for funding you have to put up a solid case.

"So the whole principle behind this study is that that background work has now been done, we can go to government and now say we've done the background work.

"This justifies the need for a weather radar within our region."


© ABC 2013

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