Weather we get a men­tion

South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT BUDGET - He­len Speli­tis he­len.speli­tis@south­bur­nett­

BE­HIND the scenes work to get the South Bur­nett on the map – lit­er­ally – has amped up in the past five months.

A new weather sta­tion for Kin­garoy air­port is part of al­most $3 mil­lion al­lo­cated in the coun­cil bud­get to be spent on build­ing and prop­erty as­sets.

Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in data record­ing and the need for com­pli­ance have brought on the up­grade, but Mayor Wayne Kratz­mann said there is a hid­den ben­e­fit to hav­ing the up to date tech­nol­ogy.

For five months he has been pe­ti­tion­ing tele­vi­sion news chan­nels, in­clud­ing WIN, to reg­u­larly in­clude Kin­garoy and the South Bur­nett on the nightly weather bul­letins.

And the new sta­tion will make it even eas­ier for the data to be ac­cessed, giv­ing us a bet­ter chance of mak­ing the news.

“It’s very im­por­tant, we want to make sure Kin­garoy or the South Bur­nett is men­tioned.

“So many peo­ple just take it for granted (be­ing in­cluded in the weather bul­letin) but to me it’s a great tourism and eco­nomic boost be­cause you get your name out there.

“And it’s not just us talk­ing about our­selves – it’s the weather girl talk­ing about us.”

Be­ing fea­tured on the news might be another tool to at­tract new com­ers to the re­gion, but it is also a ben­e­fit to res­i­dents, mak­ing the news more re­lat­able.

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