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Senator The Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

EMBARGO: 8.00PM 22 MAY 2001


Coalition builds on Australia's world-class weather services

"The Howard Government's 6th Budget will enable the Bureau of Meteorology to continue to improve its operations and services, particularly its services to rural and regional Australia," Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone said today.

"The Howard Government has maintained its commitment to 'world class weather forecasting' allocating $212.5 million in the Budget to the Bureau," Sharman Stone said.

"The Bureau will be able to build on its ability to provide timely and accurate, location specific weather forecasting based on the successful demonstration project carried out during the Sydney Olympic Games.

"It will also replace a number of ageing observing facilities and systems around Australia and upgrade its climate data archives, making its data and services more readily accessible to the community, via the Bureau's website and other technologies."

Sharman Stone said the Bureau will also be able to proceed with number of important initiatives that will help to ensure the future quality of meteorological services in Australia.

These initiatives include:

"When the Howard Government came to office in 1996, we made a commitment to maintaining and improving what is already one of the world's best meteorological services," Sharman Stone said.

"The funds provided through this Budget will ensure that we continue to provide accurate and reliable weather forecasting for all Australians, wherever they live."

Simon Frost (02) 62777 2016 or 0419 495 468

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