Installing weather radar services in central and western NSW
An efficient agricultural industry requires access to timely, relevant and accurate information to fully inform production decisions.
Improved access to weather radar services is imperative for agricultural producers in central and western NSW who currently operate in a ‘black spot’ with inadequate coverage from existing radar stations at Moree, Gunnedah, Wagga Wagga and Sydney.
A comprehensive and consolidate case for installing a weather radar service in central and western NSW was commissioned by the Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC) in 2012.
The GHD report (available here) highlights that in contrast to regions in Australia with similar demographics, industry, geography and weather patterns, the area covered by the Orana Region Organisation of Councils (OROC) is very poorly served by current Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather radar.
The report goes on to conclude that the public good economic, social and environmental benefits of a weather radar, as well as stakeholder support and equity considerations for the OROC Region, far outweigh the $2.5 million capital cost of installing a weather radar facility.