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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
19 December 2003
Weekend boating, sailing and fishing enthusiasts in the Sydney area can now access the weekend forecasts in a new, easy to see graphical format on the Australian Government's Bureau of Meteorology's web site.
Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage said the new forecasts will be available for the first time this weekend.
"The images visually show current conditions and forecast winds, and seas and swell for inshore and offshore locations," Dr Stone said.
"They cover the area from Broken Bay to Port Hacking and will be issued every twelve hours from Friday morning to Sunday morning, continuing into Monday morning during a long weekend.
"The forecasts will be provided for point locations rather than an average for a larger area."
Dr Stone said people can check the precise position of the forecast points on a linked page on the web site.
"There will be three offshore and three inshore locations for wind and sea forecasts, and two offshore locations for swell forecasts.
"People who don't venture more than a few nautical miles from the coast will benefit from these more specific inshore forecasts."
The standard Coastal Waters Forecasts will continue to provide average conditions out to 60 nautical miles from the coast.
To access the new forecasts, people can visit the Bureau's web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw/forecasts.shtml.