North Nambucca Heads and Red Rock are the last two sites in the ACORN network of remote ocean sensing stations.
North Nambucca Heads and Red Rock are the last two sites in the ACORN network of remote ocean sensing stations.

Compromise on Red Rock radar

RED Rock and the scientist behind a proposal to establish a remote ocean-sensing radar array on the dunes behind the village’s swimming beach appear to have reached a compromise.

The proposed installation includes a row of 16 thin, three-metre tall, green-painted aluminium antennas 10 metres apart; a separate group of four antennas, and; an equipment donga and conduit to connect the system together.

President of the Red Rock Reserve Advisory Committee, Peter Smith, said they had a constructive meeting with James Cook University professor Mal Heron, who apologised for the brevity of the public consultation process.

Mr Smith said Prof Heron offered to move the 16 poles of the northern radar array about 150 metres to the south, providing the change was approved by his funding bodies.

The change will degrade the quality of the data to be collected but Prof Heron believed it would still be acceptable.

Another concern for local residents was the length of time the radar array would remain in place.

Mr Smith said they had asked for further public consultation and a fresh environmental assessment if the radar array was to remain in situ after 2013.

The advisory committee also asked for cables to the array to be buried 400mm deep and for easy public access to the data produced by the radar array, which will form part of the Australian Coastal Ocean Recording Network.



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