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Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

1 August 2004

New weather options in Launceston

Launceston is the home of Australia's first shop-front Meteorological office, which will officially open this Monday [2 August 2004].

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary with Ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology will officially open the new shop-front in the Cornwall Square Transit complex at the corner of St John and Cimitiere Streets, Launceston at 12.30 pm on Monday, 2 August 2004. All are invited to attend.

Dr Stone said the shop-front demonstrated the keen community interest in weather.

"As Australians, we are fascinated by the weather and Launceston's particular geography creates a greater local interest in the weather, in particular air quality especially during the winter months.

"The new shop-front will enable personal links between the Bureau and local schools, business and the media and general public and presents an opportunity for Launceston to help shape Bureau products and services to meet community needs and expectations."

Services available at the shop-front include:

Dr Stone thanked Senators Guy Barnett, Richard Colbeck and John Watson for their continued support and commitment to the Launceston shop-front and the Australian Bureau of Metorology.

"Senators Barnett, Colbeck and Watson have worked hard in the development of this new shop-front concept. They strongly support this initiative and understand its importance to the communities of Tasmania's north and the Bureau's commitment to regional and rural Australia," Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone said in parallel with the new "shop-front", upgraded automatic weather observing equipment including a new Automatic Weather Station and a new wind profiler are ready to operate at Launceston Airport.

"Australian Bureau of Meteorology staff were previouusly located at Launceston airport, at arms length from the general public," Dr Stone said.

"The new airport located systems will improve the range of local weather data available, including visibility, cloud height, temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed and direction. In conjunction with the new shop-front, this will ensure that Launceston has access to world best practice in the quality and delivery of weather information."

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