The Australian Government will provide $3.25 million to improve weather infrastructure and forecasting capabilities for the Wimmera region in regional Victoria.
Australia has some of the world’s best weather radar coverage and forecasting services. Today’s announced is a further boost for the Wimmera region and will provide more detailed weather information.
“I am delighted to announce that the Australian Government will further improve our forecasting infrastructure with $3.25 million towards the operation a Doppler radar service in the Wimmera region over the next 15 years,” Minister Hunt said.
“I welcome the Wimmera Development Association’s work to develop a strong business case for the radar.”
“The Bureau of Meteorology has been working closely with the Wimmera Development Association over the past 12 months on the development of the business case and will continue to do so.”
“Increasing radar coverage over the Wimmera region will deliver significant local economic benefits and deliver comprehensive coverage of Doppler weather radar to Victoria.”
In addition, when their new supercomputer comes online mid-year, the Bureau will be able to provide even more accurate, more detailed, more timely and more frequently updated forecasts across Australia, including the Wimmera.
Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, said the Project will improve the productivity of farmers in the Wimmera region significantly.
“This is great news for the Wimmera. Once the radar is up and running, it will provide real time weather data, allowing farmers to make informed on-farm decisions, to achieve the best production outcomes,” Mr Broad said.
“I have worked with both the Federal Minister for Environment, Greg Hunt, and the State Government, to ensure that the Radar, which is a priority for the Wimmera region, becomes a reality.”
“The Wimmera is a major agricultural region and the radar has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits.”
“To secure this radar is important for the region as a whole and I look forward to seeing the project completed and delivering for the people of the Wimmera.”
The Bureau of Meteorology will choose the site for the radar and will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the radar station.
Australian Government support will link with funding provided by Victoria Government for the capital cost of the project. Subject to Victorian Government approvals, the Bureau of Meteorology expects services to be delivered by 1 July 2018.