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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
&
The Hon Pat Farmer MP
Federal Member for Macarthur

16 November 2006

Campbelltown Automatic Weather Station benefits both plants and people


Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Hunt, and Member for Macarthur, Pat Farmer, today welcomed the installation of a new Automatic Weather Station (AWS) in the Mount Annan Botanic Garden at Campbelltown in southwest Sydney.

"I applaud the initiative of the Mount Annan Botanic Garden and the Campbelltown City Council to jointly fund installation of the $40,000 AWS, and provide for maintenance and communications," Mr Hunt said.

"The solar-powered Campbelltown (Mount Annan) AWS has joined the Bureau of Meteorology's national network of 500 AWSs, providing hourly measurements of wind speed and direction, air and soil temperature, humidity and rainfall.

"The botanists at the Garden will appreciate round-the-clock data that will allow them to better manage rare and endangered plants, the general collection, and research projects.

"I have discussed this new facility with Mr Farmer and congratulate him for his support for the project."

Mr Farmer said he was pleased with the installation of the new Automatic All Weather Station at Campbelltown.

"The facility will help to provide Campbelltown with a greater weather profile because specific local data will be attributed to the city's name," Mr Farmer said.

"Furthermore, it will also contribute to the Bureau of Meteorology's forecasts and warnings for the whole of southwest Sydney."

The AWS data is transmitted by wireless and telephone to the Bureau's NSW Regional Office.

People are able to track Campbelltown's weather on the Bureau website at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN65091.shtml

Media Contacts:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596
Jim Hosie (Mr Farmer's office) on 0412 676 091

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