Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has offered his support for a new doppler weather radar in North West Queensland following his tour of flood affected areas.
Mr McCormack travelled to Richmond and Hughenden on Saturday, February 16 to inspect the aftermath of the North West floods.
Local authorities told him there was no extreme weather warnings or forecast for the region because of a radar blackspot stretching from Julia Creek to Hughenden.
Mr McCormack said due to "technical difficulties" authorities were unable to predict the severity of the storm.
"It affected their ability to be able to know how much rain was coming, direction of wind and I think we need the installation of another radar base station, to ensure that that sort of thing is avoided in the future," Mr McCormack said.
"Mayor Jane McNamara has suggested building a new doppler radar located in the Flinders Shire.
"Just like a mobile blackspot tower you get the experts in that field to determine the frequency and technological aspects of a task like this.
"We need better and more reliable coverage for when these events could occur."
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the Longreach radar experienced an outage period during the monsoonal weather event from January 30 to February 5, due to radar equipment and mains power failures at the site.
"There is no radar coverage for the Julia Creek to Hughenden regions," a BOM spokesperson said.
"The Bureau uses a number of systems to generate its forecasts and warnings – it does not rely on a single system. This allows the Bureau to produce forecasts and warnings in areas where there is little or no radar coverage.
"The Bureau welcomes funding support from governments or other entities. In partnership with the Bureau, several state governments have funded the installation and operation of meteorological observing equipment such as radars, including recently in Western Australia and Victoria."
Mr McCormack said he had spoken to a number of government ministers about the radar blackspot issue and the flood disaster.
"I have spoken to the Environment Minister Melissa Price who is responsible for those services, to ensure that something like this issue is avoided," Mr McCormack said.
"I have also raised it with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and at the moment we have a special disaster recovery committee taskforce that we are working with Brigadier Stephen Jobson, Major General Smith, Linda Reynolds, Matt Canavan, David Littleproud and all the ministers to make sure that we give the right outcomes now and into the years ahead; because this disaster is going to take quite a major recovery.
"The spirit that still exists in the communities after this disaster really shows how resilient they are."
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