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Joint Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
Mr David Tollner MP
Federal Member for Solomon

23 August 2004

Better weather information for Darwin boat operators


Fishers and yachties in the Darwin region now have access to improved local weather information in real time.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary with Ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said from 9 am, Tuesday 24 August, an upgrade to the Bureau's website will now include dedicated weather information for local waters around Darwin.

"For the first time, offshore wind observations will be publicly available for the Darwin/Bynoe harbour area on the new Darwin Local Waters observations web page. This is a real bonus as fishing and sailing are some of Darwin's most popular pastimes for both tourists and locals," Dr Stone said.

"Data from all coastal weather stations within 120 kilometres of Darwin will be available on this single web page where users can view hourly weather observations taken during the past 72 hours from any one location at a single click.

"Weather information from Lee Point and Charles Point will also be available from the new web page as will data from a new wind only, automatic weather station installed at Fish Reef, 50 kilometres west northwest of Darwin Harbour."

The new web address for the Darwin Local Waters observations web page is: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDD65020.shtml

Mr David Tollner, Federal Member for Solomon welcomed the upgraded web facilities and said the new service would be particularly popular for recreational, commercial and tourist water activities.

"The upgraded facilities will help boat owners plan their activities with safety to determine whether they should go out on the water, and if so, when and where," Mr Tollner said.

Dr Stone praised Mr Tollner for his commitment to ensuring that Darwin benefited from improvements to the Bureau of Meteorology's extensive observational network.

"Mr Tollner understands the importance of ensuring that meteorological services meet the demands of the local Darwin community," Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone also acknowledged the assistance of the Northern Territory Government Marine Safety Branch in getting the Automatic Weather Station installed at Fish Reef.

"This is a very good example of cooperation between Commonwealth and Territory agencies to provide improved services for the community," Dr Stone said.

Data from all observation points across the Northern Territory is provided free of charge on the Bureau's website: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/nt/observations.shtml

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