- Doppler radars will be located at Newdegate, South Doodlakine and Marchagee
- The State Government has committed $23 million for construction of the radars
- Doppler radars improve weather information for farmers and rural communities
Three new Doppler radars are being installed at Newdegate, South Doodlakine and Marchagee, helping inform Wheatbelt farmers about weather conditions in a move designed to improve farm efficiency and safety.
Announcing the locations, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the radars would provide information about rainfall and wind within a radius of 200km to assist fertiliser applications and spraying decisions.
They will be operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and funded by a State Government's Royalties for Regions investment of $23 million.
Mr Baston said the technology would improve the safety of regional communities by providing valuable real-time information to emergency services during extreme weather events such as fires, storms and floods.
"The insurance industry will have data from which to support potential development of new risk management products," he said.
Mr Redman said the Doppler radar technology would provide a major stimulus to regional Western Australia.
"New technology will increase the efficiency and productivity of farm operations, transforming the way Western Australian farmers do business," he said.
"This Royalties for Regions investment is vital in ensuring an internationally competitive agriculture sector that will support a stronger economy and better quality of life for regional communities."
Government investment in Doppler radars follows a 2014 report commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Food, which identified three locations for the radars to maximise Wheatbelt coverage and deliver benefits in the order of $108 million.
- Doppler technology will complement the Department of Agriculture and Food's network of 135 automated weather stations
- In 2013-14, WA's grains industries were valued at more than $5.6 billion
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700