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Joint Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Senator the Hon Judith Troeth
Senator for Victoria

8 March 2006

New automatic weather station for St Kilda Harbour


The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Senator the Hon. Judith Troeth, Senator for Victoria today announced that a new Automatic Weather Station will be installed at St Kilda Harbour to improve forecasting technology for the Commonwealth Games.

"The installation will be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games and the new station will be very useful in managing the triathlon and the road cycling competition, Mr Hunt said.

"The weather station will communicate by radio with the Bureau of Meteorology to provide wind speed and direction details every ten minutes.

"Most people would not realise that the Bureau of Meteorology's technology is crucial in providing information to the Game's organisers."

"The continuous real time weather data will also be vital for accurate weather forecasts and warnings for the marine recreation community in the northern half of Port Phillip, Mr Hunt said.

Senator for Victoria, the Hon. Judith Troeth echoed Mr Hunt's comments.

"The installation of the new Automatic Weather Station at St Kilda Harbour will benefit people using the harbour long after the Commonwealth Games are over.

"The weather station will continue to provide information to amateur sportspeople who operate small boats and yacht by providing weather data on a 24 hour basis.

The St Kilda Harbour Automatic Weather Station will become part of the Bureau's network of more than 500 Automatic Weather Stations nationwide.

The data will be publicly accessible from today via the Bureau website at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV65121.shtml.

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney 0415 740 722 (Mr Hunt's office)
Sue Inness (Senator Troeth's office) 03 9593 9511

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