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Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

23 March 2006

Key role for meteorology in water management Co-operative Research Centre

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology today recognised the contribution and commitment of participants in the new eWater Cooperative Research Centre launched today by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for Water Policy.

"All partners in the very important initiative are to be commended but I would especially like to recognise the contribution of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to this Centre," Mr Hunt said.

"The role of meteorology is particularly important in water resources planning and management in Australia."

"As an example, products from the Bureau's numerical weather modelling systems can be used to better predict water use by crops thereby ensuring the optimum amount of water is applied through irrigation systems."

"Forecasts of rainfall can assist in managing the allocation of water from headwater storages to ensure water is released only when it is needed."

Mr Hunt said this role for the Bureau was an important input to the National Water Initiative.

"The Bureau looks forward to using its role in the new eWater CRC to further develop its already close links with the water industry in Australia, and I will be watching these developments with close interest," he said.

The Bureau is involved in three projects within the eWater research program covering areas of climate variability and its impacts on water resource management, the application of numerical weather modelling to improving the efficiency of water management and streamflow forecasting.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722

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