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Radar station backflip puts region back on map

By Anthony Stewart, Friday February 1, 2013 - 13:26 EDT
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Protests against the closure of the Tennant Creek weather bureau radar station have finally been rewarded. - ABC

The Federal Government has reversed its decision to turn off the Tennant Creek weather bureau radar station.

The station was shut down in November and there were plans to demolish the facility.

The change of mind follows strong representations from pastoralists and transport businesses who said they depend on accurate local forecasts.

The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association has praised the decision.

Spokesman Luke Bowen says it took a concerted campaign to overturn a bad decision made by bureaucrats in Canberra.

"Those decision-makers in Canberra did not understand the enormity of the decision they were making," he said.

"It took quite a bit of work to turn them around and make them see the decision they had made was foolhardy.

"Turning it back on is a no-brainer."

Labor's Warren Snowdon, the local MP for the seat of Lingiari, says the decision to turn the radar back on was made after protests in the area.

He blamed departmental bureaucrats rather than a lack of consultation by the Government for the original decision.

Mr Bowen acknowledged the work of Mr Snowdon in resolving the problem.

"He certainly put in hard yards in Canberra to convince some of those who obviously had little understanding of remote Australia that this thing needs to be turned back on, and it needs to be turned back on quickly," he said.


© ABC 2013

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