Country Liberals Senator Nigel Scullion is fighting alongside the people of Tennant Creek and the Barkly and will table a petition in Parliament opposing the Gillard Government’s decision to close the Tenant Creek Weather radar.
“I have been listening to the people of Tennant Creek and the Barkly region who were justifiably outraged when, without consultation, the Gillard Government announced it was decommissioning the radar,” Senator Scullion said.
“Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is clearly not listening to his constituents on this matter and is happy to toe the Labor Party line.
“This may not be a big issue for those that made the decision in Canberra but it certainly is for the people in The Barkly.
“This is just a cost-cutting measure in a rural area that Labor doesn’t care about.
“The weather radar is vital for travel around this remote area as well as for many of the huge stations in that region that reply on accurate radar to see storms and for helicopter pilots who do mustering.
“People’s lives are at risk as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and other services rely on it to make an assessment if it is safe to fly.
“I call on Minister Tony Burke to listen to the community’s concerns and to immediately reverse the decision.
‘This is nothing more than a penny-pinching decision from a heartless Labor Government with no consideration for the effect on the people who live in the Barkly,” Senator Scullion said.
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