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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 Gary Nairn MP
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro
Special Minister of State

6 March 2006

The Batemans Bay ‘southerly buster’ explained


The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the Hon. Gary Nairn MP, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, today announced that the Bureau is to hold a Weather Workshop in Batemans Bay to help the public understand marine weather and how to use information available from the Bureau's weather radars.

“The Bureau is holding this free workshop to explain the Bureau’s services and help people use weather technology – such as the radar images the Bureau provides on the internet, Mr Hunt said.

“I would encourage local people to get to know the Bureau’s products because the technology is very user friendly and in a marine community such as Batemans Bay, people may be able to save lives and prevent serious injury just by being aware of the weather conditions before they go out on the water.”

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Gary Nairn said Batemans Bay and its surrounding areas have some of the most volatile weather in NSW

“The South Coast of NSW receives more warnings than other sections of the NSW coast”, Mr Nairn said.

“It is a region notorious for abrupt, strong and squally wind changes associated with the infamous “southerly buster” that moves up the NSW coast during the summer months.”

The Bureau's web site (www.bom.gov.au) is consistently rated one of Australia's most accessed web sites and regularly records more than 400 million hits a month.  The radar pages on the site are the most popular part of the web site.

The Bureau will conduct the workshop at the Batemans Bay Bowling Club, Vesper Street, Batemans Bay on Thursday 9 March 2006 from 7:30 - 10:00 pm.  Bookings are essential and can be made via telephone to 02 9296 1555 or by email to reqnsw@bom.gov.au.

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney 0415 740 722 (Mr Hunt's office)
Peter Phelps 02 6277 7600 (Minister Nairn’s Office)

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