CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new weather radar which will include coverage for the MIA.
Work has started on the installation of the brand new weather radar near Hillston.
The Hillston radar will provide 24-hour, high quality rainfall and wind information.
It will measure not just where particles are in the sky, but also the type of particle, such as rain or hail, and how fast they are moving.
This is one of three new radars in western NSW being built by the Bureau of Meteorology and funded by the NSW government - one each in the Yeoval, Brewarrina and Hillston-Ivanhoe areas.
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It is set to deliver real-time rainfall data and wind observations for almost 30 per cent of the state.
Member for Farrer and Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the new Hillston facility would provide communities, producers and businesses access to more accurate and timely weather information.
"The radar will provide coverage for important agricultural areas from Leeton, Hay and Narrandera to the south, to Ivanhoe in the north-west and Condobolin, Ungarie and West Wyalong to the east," she said.
"Once construction and testing is complete - expected in April 2021 - primary producers will be able to immediately access more localised weather information to help them make critical-time sensitive decisions in farm management."
Last month the Brewarrina radar launched, with information covering around 12 per cent of NSW across more than 94 thousand square kilometres.
Access to each of the bureau's radar sites is available at http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/radar/.