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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Kym Richardson MP
Federal Member for Kingston

15 July 2005

South Australia marine forecast now a daily service


Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with Ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and Kym Richardson MP, Federal Member for Kingston, said that from today, marine forecasts for the Adelaide Metropolitan Waters, Goolwa and adjoining Lakes will now be available to the public twice a day, seven days a week.

Mr Hunt said this was a significant upgrade to the previous service that provided information only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"This new service will now give a high percentage of mariners in South Australia access to this advanced service seven days a week. This will further assist them to undertake safe and profitable marine activities. It will also be a bonus for many recreational fishers and boaties who often frequent the waters during the week," Mr Hunt said.

"I thank Kym for his commitment to delivering these services to the people of Kingston. He has worked hard to ensure that quality meteorological services like these new marine forecasts are delivered to his electorate of Kingston."

Mr Richardson said the new service will be issued at 6 am and 6 pm each day of the week.

"Observations and six-hourly forecasts will also be provided for point locations in the Adelaide Metropolitan, Goolwa and adjoining Lakes areas. These include Outer Harbour, Port Noarlunga, Hindmarsh Island and Cape Willoughby," Mr Richardson said.

"This highly detailed service, available in both tabular and graphical form, will supply forecast information more than two and one half days ahead of the initial issue time.

"This new method of providing weather information will assist boat users in making crucial safety related decisions."

This marine forecast is available to the general public via the Bureau web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/sa/forecasts.shtml.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Alana Sparrow (Mr Richardson's office) 08 8186 4544

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