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Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
Mr Patrick Secker
Federal Member for Barker

13 July 2004

First weather forecasts for Robe


Local daily weather forecasts issued twice a day for the popular South Australian coastal resort of Robe will begin from this afternoon [13 July 2004].

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, said the new service was an extension of meteorological services that began with the installation of a new Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Robe Airport in 2003.

"Conditions along the South Australian coast can vary significantly, particularly in summer," Dr Stone said.

"For the past 12 months, observations provided by the Robe AWS have been instrumental in understanding these unique weather conditions and the Bureau is now able to begin issuing twice daily forecasts for Robe from today."

Mr Patrick Secker, Federal Member for Barker, welcomed the news and said the new service would be a significant benefit to the whole community.

"Robe has around 1450 permanent residents and many holiday homes. Over summer its population can top 15,000 as it welcomes holidaymakers and seasonal workers in the district's wine, fishing and tourism industries, " Mr Secker said.

"This new service will assist Robe's local community and industries as they have previously relied on daily forecasts from the south-eastern inland towns of Naracoorte, Coonawarra and Mt Gambier."

Dr Stone praised Mr Secker's commitment to continue to provide quality meteorological services to the Robe community.

"Mr Secker has worked hard to deliver quality meteorological services to the coastal community of Robe. The Robe AWS is part of the Bureau's extensive network of over 500 stations Australia wide and Mr Secker understands the importance of being part of this network and its delivery of effective services including the new twice-daily weather forecasts for the Robe community," Dr Stone said.

"Forecasts will be issued at 5:15am and 4:10pm local time. The afternoon forecast will give a short forecast for Robe for the following day, the morning issue will update the information for that day."

Forecasts can also be viewed on the Bureau web site at:
www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDS10043.txt.

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