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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP
&
Federal Member for Wakefield
David Fawcett MP

25 February 2005

Weather volunteer awarded for 50 years of service


Mr Alastair Angas of Hill River Station in Clare has been honoured for a half century of dedicated service in recording rainfall for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Mr Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said an Excellence Award was today presented to Mr Angas in acknowledgement of his fifty years' of dedicated service as a voluntary rainfall observer at Hill River Station.

"The Bureau considers its database of rainfall records to be an important national resource and Mr Angas' observations over the past 50 years have contributed to this resource," Mr Hunt said.

Mr David Fawcett, Federal Member for Wakefield congratulated Mr Alastair Angas on receiving an Excellence Award and said his work was important for understanding the rainfall patterns of eastern South Australia.

"Mr Angas' observations are valuable to determining long-term patterns in local rainfall and was vital to the local area where knowledge of rainfall, weather forecasting and flood warnings affects so many businesses and people's everyday lives," Mr Fawcett said.

Mr Fawcett said Mr Angas formed part of the bureau's network of almost 9000 rainfall, river height and storm spotting volunteers across Australia.

"The contribution made by volunteers is an example of the Australian character, in particular it is testament to Mr Angas' dedication to weather observations in South Australia," Mr Fawcett said.

Media Contacts:
Fiona Murphy 0423 577 045 (Mr Hunt's office)
Karen Petney 0412 154 086 (Mr Fawcett's office)

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