Farmers, firefighters and pilots in Western Queensland will be among those who can now gain better weather information with the official opening of the new Warrego Weather Radar.
Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Hunt, said the new $1.6 million state-of-the-art facility constructed at Dulbydilla, about half way between Morven and Mungallala, will provide better data and cover a wider area.
"The new location for the radar will continue to detect rainfall activity well to the west of Charleville and will also provide improved coverage of areas to the east including Mitchell and Roma," Mr Hunt said.
"The new radar's practical limit of coverage extends southwest to the town of Cunnamulla and southeast to the town of St George and to the north the coverage extends to the southern limits of the Carnarvon National Park along The Great Dividing Range.
The former radar at Charleville Airport had been in operation since 1983. It was primarily sited for tracking weather balloons but was not in the optimum location for weather watch radar operations, which hampered coverage of the surrounding area.
The former radar at Charleville Airport.
The new Warrego radar.