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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

14 July 2004

Mt Ginini to keep watch on ACT weather


The installation of an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Mt Ginini in the Brindabella ranges will mean improved fire monitoring and forecasting for the ACT.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the new AWS was a joint collaboration between the Bureau and the ACT Emergency Services Bureau (ESB).

"The ' Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January 2003 Bushfires in the ACT ' identified the need for an Automatic Weather Station to be located in the Brindabella Ranges," Dr Stone said.

"In fulfilment of that recommendation, the ACT Emergency Services Bureau will provide $40,000 to the Bureau of Meteorology toward the installation of a Bureau AWS with a further ten annual contributions to be provided to help meet ongoing operating costs."

ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries (representing the Hon. Dr Sharman Stone) was today presented with a $40,000 cheque from the Hon. Bill Wood, ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, to commemorate the installation of the new AWS.

Senator Humphries said today's presentation demonstrated the collaboration between the federal and ACT governments to ensure gaps in weather observations in the ACT were minimised.

"Both governments are working together to improve fire weather monitoring and forecasting so that the residents and property of the ACT are protected," Senator Humphries said.

"The new AWS will continually monitor wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity and rainfall. In times of greatest need, the AWS can provide minute-by-minute data in real time. It will be vital in tracking the progress of wind changes and other weather systems that impact on fire behaviour and operational fire control activities."

Dr Stone praised Senator Humphries on his strong commitment to delivering quality meteorological services to the residents of the ACT.

"Senator Humphries has worked hard to progress the installation of this new AWS in the Brindabella ranges in time for next summer and understands the importance of this to the ACT," Dr Stone said.

The Mt Ginini AWS is part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of more than 500 such stations nation wide. All observations of weather from the Mt Ginini AWS will be displayed on the Bureau's web site at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN65091.shtml.

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