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Joint Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Greg Hunt MP
Senator Guy Barnett
Liberal Senator for Tasmania

26 April 2005

Improvements for weather forecasts for St Helens and Swansea

Mr Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and Senator Guy Barnett, Liberal Senator for Tasmania, today announced that the Bureau has extended its four-day minimum temperature forecasts to include St Helens and Swansea.

"St Helens and Swansea will today join Hobart City, Launceston, Burnie/Devonport and Strahan in benefiting from minimum temperature forecasts four days ahead from the Bureau's Tasmanian Regional Forecasting centre," Mr Hunt said.

Senator Barnett said the new forecasts will benefit the general public and a range of groups across the Eastern Tasmanian region.

"For example, orchardists and viticulturalists will be able to take advantage of the improved forecast service by noting, for example, forecasts of low temperatures and planning activities to minimise the potential damage that any associated frost may cause," Senator Barnett said.

"The addition to the four-day temperature forecasts of minimum temperatures will also be valuable for local tourism operators and industries that rely on the weather in carrying out day-to-day activities."

Mr Hunt acknowledged the work Senator Barnett had done to ensure Eastern Tasmania had access to quality meteorological services including more accurate information about local weather forecasts.

"The new addition to the four-day forecasts for St Helens and Swansea demonstrates the federal Government's commitment to providing quality meteorological services to rural and regional Australia," Mr Hunt said.

"I commend Senator Barnett on his ongoing support and push for the delivery of these services to the people of the Eastern Tasmania."

Media Contact:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Barry Prismall 03 6334 1755 (Senator Barnett's office)

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