Set to help farmers and the CFS

The weather station in Brinkworth was officially launched late last month.

The weather station in Brinkworth was officially launched late last month.

Brinkworth has launched a weather station in the town which will help assist the community during the warmer months.

Local farmer Tom Weckert and Andrew Burford of the Brinkworth Country Fire Service obtained the funding needed to buy the weather station.

Mr Weckert said that the weather station had been 12 months in the making before its launch in late September.

“We had been talking about 12 months ago just about getting a more even Fire Danger Index reading for our area just over harvest,” he said.

“It was getting to a point where a few neighbours were harvesting when they probably should not have been and we were talking about trying to get a bit more of an even reading so everyone can be on the same page.

“Andrew was representing the CFS and I was representing the farmers, we are good mates and just got chatting about it and thought lets get a weather station up and going.”

It is not only farmers that will benefit from the station but the wider community as a whole with the data made publicly available on the internet.

The station updates data every 15 minutes and gives readings on temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, and rainfall amongst other things.

It was designed to give the community accurate Fire Danger Index readings so that farmers can make a decision on when to stop harvesting during hot weather conditions, and for farmers to choose correct weather conditions for spraying.

Additionally, it will help the CFS in the event of a bushfire by giving them accurate weather readings.

Mr Weckert said that the community had responded well to the station.

The funding was obtained through the state government’s Regional Capability Community Fund back in July and was one of 256 organisations across the state which shared in the fund.

Brinkworth was one of four towns from South Australia to use the fund to purchase a weather station.

The Minister for Emergency Services, at the time the fund was announced, Peter Malinauskas said the projects that received funding would help benefit communities during emergencies.

“The Regional Capability Community Fund helps communities to become more resilient to natural disasters,” he said, “our emergency services are critical, but individuals also have an important part to play in responding to emergencies.

“These vital grants will help the community to swiftly respond to incidents before they become out of control, thereby reducing risks to both the community and our emergency services volunteers and staff.”

Snowtown Wind Farm also committed funding towards the station, as well as the Brinkworth Progress Association and the CFS.