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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Senator the Hon Santo Santoro
Senator for Queensland
Minister for Ageing

18 July 2006

Bureau to hold weather forum in Brisbane

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will lead a forum in Brisbane on Thursday 20 July on how to better understand the uncertainties of weather and climate predictions, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology and Senator the Hon. Santo Santoro, Senator for Queensland announced today.

Mr Hunt said the forum would look at the inherent uncertainties that exist in climate and weather forecasts, so that agriculturalists can better integrate the science into their decision-making processes.

"This forum brings together a broad cross-section of the Queensland community and discusses how to make the best use of weather and climate information - such as the Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal outlooks and rainfall forecasts."

"The Bureau is holding similar forums in rural and urban areas across the country and I commend Senator Santoro for his commitment to improving weather services and information in Queensland."

Senator Santoro said he welcomed the information session in Brisbane.

"The forum has application across the community and will be especially informative for the agricultural sector and those interested in how climate is affecting the water supply - an issue that is of great concern to both government and residents across Queensland at the moment.

The 3rd Annual Queensland Agriculture, Climate and Weather Services Forum has been organised by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in conjunction with CSIRO, the Queensland Government Departments of Primary Industries and Fisheries and Natural Resources and Mines, Brisbane City Council, SunWater, the Australian Water Association and the Queensland Farmers' Federation.

Representatives of the State Government, SunWater, the Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, AgForce Queensland, Queensland rural producer associations and the farming community in general are expected to attend the forum.

Media contact:
Noel Martin (Office of Mr Hunt) 0412 360 987
Malcolm Cole (Office of Minister Santoro) 0408 612 603

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