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Federal Budget 1998
[Media Releases and Speeches]
12 May 1998
The 1998-99 Federal Budget reaffirms the Government's emphasis on ensuring the community receives the best possible service from the Bureau of Meteorology, Parliamentary Secretary for the Bureau of Meteorology, Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald said the Budget outlay of $136.9 million to the Bureau of Meteorology would maintain and extend the Bureau's services.
"The Federal Government is maintaining its commitment to rebuilding the Bureau following the run-down of essential public weather and climate services by the previous Government.
"The Bureau has a number of exciting projects underway and this latest Budget funding will allow further improvement of its vital public services, such as cyclone, flood, severe storm and fire weather warning services."
Some of the important initiatives that will continue under the Budget funding for 1998-99 include:
For further comment:
- the modernisation and restructuring of the Bureau's national observing network to further increase efficiency
- extension and upgrading of the national rainfall network to support improved drought monitoring and water resources assessment
- progress towards an agrometeorological network to provide benchmark quality data required by the agricultural sector
- operation of the joint Bureau of Meteorology-CSIRO High Performance Computing and Communications Centre (HPCCC) to support improved numerical weather and climate prediction
- accelerated implementation of the Bureau's Australian Integrated Forecast System (AIFS) which is central to the modernisation of weather forecasting operations
- provision of enhanced services to provincial centres and rural areas through existing field Meteorological Offices
- further development of improved climate monitoring and prediction techniques and models
- introduction of new technology to increase public access to Bureau information and services, especially via the World Wide Web
Clare Richards (02) 6277 3665 or Phil Connole 0411 042 813