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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Patrick Secker MP
Federal Member for Barker

15 February 2006

New automatic weather station for Murray Bridge


The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Patrick Secker MP, Federal Member for Barker, today announced the installation of a new Automatic Weather Station at Murray Bridge.

Mr Hunt said the weather station will provide valuable weather data 24 hours a day, giving the local community more accurate weather data updates.

“The Murray Bridge Automatic Weather Station is being installed at Pallamana Airport to maximise the benefit to aviation services in the area,” Mr Hunt said.

“The continuous real-time weather data will be vital for accurate weather forecasts and warnings for the Murray Bridge area.

“I congratulate Patrick Secker for his commitment to ensuring the people of Murray Bridge and surrounding areas receive improved weather services,” Mr Hunt said.

Federal Member for Barker Patrick Secker said he was pleased to be able to deliver more accurate weather services – particularly to the benefit of local farmers and recreational and commercial aviators.

“The Automatic Weather Station will be solar powered and the data will be transmitted by telephone to the Bureau’s South Australian Regional Office, Mr Secker said.

“This technology means the Bureau is able to provide the local community with hourly measurements of wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature, humidity and rainfall – significantly improving the range of information currently available.”

Mr Hunt said the existing manual weather services currently operating at Murray Bridge will continue so a comparison can be made between these and the new Automatic Weather Station observations.

The Murray Bridge Automatic Weather Station will become part of the Bureau's network of over 500 Automatic Weather Stations nationwide.

The data will be publicly accessible from today via the Bureau website at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS65111.shtml

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney 0415 740 722 (Mr Hunt's office)
Alecia Bland 0407 601 396/ 08 8531 2466 (Mr Secker’s office)

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