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Media Release
Senator the Hon. Robert Hill
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Federal Budget 1999-2000

$4.8 MILLION BOOST FOR BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY


The 1999-2000 Federal Budget has provided an additional $4.8 million for the Bureau of Meteorology ensuring improved weather forecasting services to the community.

The measure delivers on the Government's 1998 election commitment to continue support for the implementation of the key recommendations of the 1996 Review of the Operation of the Bureau of Meteorology.

The additional funding will allow improvements to the national observational and climate monitoring networks, resulting in a more representative, reliable and higher quality data base.

This will further improve the Bureau's vital operations and services to the community such as cyclone, flood, severe storm and fire weather warnings.

Specific improvements planned by the Bureau as a result of the additional funding commitment by the Federal Government include:

The funding also contributes to the National Greenhouse Strategy by supporting the maintenance of observing networks.

The observing networks are vital in establishing the baseline national and regional climate and in identifying trends and changes in climate and their distinction from natural climate variability.

It will also lead to the improved use of climate forecasts and climate change scenarios in agriculture as an integral part of adaptation strategies.

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