With unpredictable weather being experienced due to ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany in the north, many might be wondering where Tennant Creek’s new $17 million radar is.
The good news is that the radar is being built and expected to be completed by December, and be fully operational early 2023.
The base of the weather radar is being built in Gladstone, Queensland, while the radar is under construction in Germany and will be shipped when ready.
A spokesperson for the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications said the radar will use the newest state-of-the-art technology to better support the agriculture, pastoral, transport, mining and local community to manage the impact of rainfall and improve decision-making.
“Stakeholder engagement and consultation remains a key focus of the project and cultural heritage discussions are underway with the Patta Aboriginal Corporation,” he said.
The Federal Government provided $15 million for the facility with the NT Government chipping in $2.4 million.
This article appeared in Tennant & District Times, 14 January 2022.