Farmers in the Riverland can now access real time weather data after the Bureau of Meteorology switched on a new multi-million-dollar radar.


Located 45 kilometres west of Mildura at Cullulleraine, the new state-of-the-art radar will provide more up-to-date and accurate weather information, replacing the old radar at Mildura’s airport.


Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the new radar will be an important source of information for local farmers, industries and keen weather watchers and is one of the best tools for observing real-time rainfall, storms and even debris in the atmosphere, across large areas.


“Images from the radar will appear on the BOM website and BOM Weather app from today, including areas to the north and south of the Murray that have previously not had coverage.”


“I know real-time weather data in this region will be very welcome for farmers looking to make informed decisions for maximum productivity.”


The information will also help emergency services make the most informed decisions to keep the community safe.


“I am committed to giving our farming community the best chance to be successful. One of the keys to achieving that is ensuring our farmers and local industries have the right information to make informed decisions.”


The new $5 million radar is part of a multi-year Australian Government project to upgrade or replace the Bureau’s entire radar network.


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