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Joint Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP
Federal Member for Mackellar
5 April 2006
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and The. Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP, Federal Member for Mackellar today invited local residents to a public information afternoon on the proposed new Doppler Weather Radar for Sydney at Terrey Hills, to be held April 8.
"City areas are not the first places people recognise as being subject to severe weather - we generally associate many weather events with rural and tropical areas," Mr Hunt said.
"However, the April 1999 hailstorm and the 2001 bushfire in Sydney highlight the vulnerability of the Sydney community."
"In that context, the Australian Government is planning to upgrade Sydney's severe weather forecasting through installation of a new Doppler weather radar in the Terrey Hills area."
"This new weather radar will improve short term forecasting and will reduce the risk to life and property from these types of natural disasters."
"The radar will also have the capability to accurately track wind changes that are critical to marine, aviation and bushfire fighting operations."
"The Australian Government has invested $62.2 million over five years since 2003 on upgrading radar infrastructure around Australia and I congratulate Bronwyn Bishop for her commitment to ensuring the best weather technology is available to Sydney residents in the Terrey Hills area."
Mrs Bishop said the new radar will be a support tool for emergency services in the wider area.
"Emergency services will be able to better prepare the community for severe weather events due to weather information being more readily available from the radar - it really will be an essential community support."
"I will be working with the Bureau of Meteorology and with the local community in Terrey Hills to ensure that all aspects of this facility are discussed in detail and to listen to any concerns."
Mr Hunt and Mrs Bishop both encouraged members of the community to attend the public information afternoon and said an information leaflet on the radar had been delivered to residents in the vicinity of the proposed site.
The public information afternoon will be held at the Terrey Hills Pitch and Putt Golf Course, 1C Myoora Road, Terrey Hills (cnr Myoora Rd and Mona Vale Rd) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturday 8th April 2006
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722
Damien Jones (Office of Mrs Bishop) 0409 147 247