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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 John Cobb MP
Federal Member for Parkes
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

14 March 2006

Bureau of Meteorology to hold free seminars on climate change at Parkes and Cobar

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and The Hon John Cobb MP, Federal Member for Parkes today announced that the Bureau, in collaboration with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, will hold Climate Seminars in Cobar on 14 March and in Parkes on 15 and 16 March.

“The aim of the seminars is to raise the level of public understanding on climate issues including climate variability in NSW, the latest on climate change, current climate conditions and outlooks for the NSW central west, Mr Hunt said.

“The workshops will also better inform people in the local agricultural industry how to access weather and climate information related to farming.

“I congratulate Federal Member for Parkes, The Hon. John Cobb MP, for approaching me to hold these educational workshops in the Parkes and Cobar areas.”

Mr Cobb said that an understanding of how the climate affects agriculture and how agricultural producers can better use climate information is vitally important to the sustainability of agricultural enterprises.

 “Australia has one of the most variable climates among major agricultural exporting countries.  An understanding of this variability and the implications of climate change is important for farmers,” he said.

The seminars will also demonstrate how to access the wealth of climate related information available on the Bureau web site and from the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The Bureau of Meteorology will conduct the seminars at the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club, Bloxham Street, Cobar on Tuesday 14 March 2006 from 9:30am - 12:30 pm, repeated 6:30pm – 9:30pm; and, in Parkes at The Coventry Room Parkes Shire Library & Cultural Centre, Bogan Street on Wednesday 15 March 2006 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, with a repeat at the same venue on Thursday 16 March from 9:30am-12:30pm.  Bookings are essential and can be made via telephone to 02 9296 1555 or by email to

Following the seminars the Bureau will also have a presence at “The Trangie Crossing the Divide Festival” on 17-18 March 2006 in Trangie with presentations on how to access weather and climate information from the Bureau web site.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722
Jennie Geerdink (Mr Cobb's Office) 02 6882 0999 / 0427 756 500

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