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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

World Meteorological Day commemorated in Melbourne

Media release
23 March 2012

World Meteorological Day celebrations at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Melbourne head office today focused on a global theme of Powering our Future with Weather, Climate and Water.

Addressing the event, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell said the theme highlights the benefits of climate prediction in helping us to better manage our resources in many different sectors of human endeavour including renewable energy and water management.

"It focuses on the critical roles of weather, climate and water services in powering a sustainable future for us and for generations to come," he said.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) came into being on this day in 1950 and today has 189 member nations who each share in free public access to weather information covering all corners of the globe.

Senator Farrell highlighted the depth and breadth of services provided to the community by the Bureau, one of the oldest and most established Australian Government agencies.

"These days we rely on the Bureau's services for information spanning all scales from the long-term climate to up-to-the minute observations," he said.

"Everything from social activities to multi-million dollar investment decisions depend on this information.

"The past year has seen the Bureau play an active role in informing the public in relation to cyclones, storms, floods, bushfires, tsunami and volcanic ash – all of which had the capacity to severely impact public safety.

"During these events, the Bureau provided around-the-clock advice through its regional forecasting centres in every capital city, supported by data collected from observers and automated equipment in numerous and often remote locations on the mainland and offshore islands.

"These services keep us informed and help keep us safe.

"The Bureau's work is fundamental to the day-to-day life of Australians and its benefit is in no small way due to the global collaboration provided through the World Meteorological Organisation.

"For these reasons we should all celebrate World Meteorological Day."