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

25 February 2006

Bureau of Meteorology wins top Australian web site award

Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology has today congratulated the Bureau of Meteorology on being awarded the most popular government web site and nationally the most popular Australian education reference website of 2005 at the Second Hitwise Australian Online Performers awards.

“This is the second year in a row the Bureau has achieved recognition at these awards,” Mr Hunt said.

“The site's popularity demonstrates the ongoing high quality, well presented web content produced by the Bureau to satisfy the public's thirst for accurate and timely weather information.

"The weather radar has proven to be a very popular resource, and has now been complemented by tropical cyclone tracking charts that enable people to log onto the site and receive real time forecasting advice and cyclone tracking facilities," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said the Bureau of Meteorology had a long history of pioneering new and better ways of delivering weather, climate and hydrological forecasts, warnings and information to the community.

"Over the past 12 months the Bureau received some 9 billion hits, and 75 terabytes (trillions of bytes) of data were downloaded. A total of 120 million individual visits to the site recorded and the website recorded an increase in traffic of around 70% from 2004.”

Mr Hunt said recent figures indicated that the Bureau will again be among the most visited websites in Australia.

“The Bureau of Meteorology’s website has ranked seventh in the hitwise rankings among Australian sites for January 2006 and ranks only behind such sites as Yahoo, Hotmail, ninemsn and eBay,”

Hitwise is an international online measurement company providing web sites with data on their online performance. The awards are based on the actual surfing habits of Australian Internet users during 2005.

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