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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

27 March 2006

Bureau of Meteorology update Cooma and Delegate on climate change


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 Climate Seminars in Delegate on 10 April and Cooma on 11 April 2006.

"Similar seminars have already been held in Wagga Wagga and Cootamundra last year and in Parkes and Cobar in March," Mr Hunt said

"The aim of the seminars is to raise the level of public understanding on climate issues including climate variability in NSW, disseminate the latest information on climate change, current climate conditions and the outlooks for NSW and inform users of how to access weather and climate information for agriculture."

"I congratulate Gary Nairn for his commitment to ensuring local weather services assist farmers."

Mr Nairn said the climate seminars will benefit all people in the region, but especially those involved in the agricultural industry.

"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 website.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, with support from the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the NSW Department of Natural Resources’ Snowy Land Care, will conduct the seminars at Delegate on 10 April 6:30-9:30pm at the Delegate Country Club and at Cooma on 11 April 6.30-9.30pm at the Coombah Lounge, Cooma Ex-Services Club, with a light supper beforehand.  Venues are yet to be confirmed.  Bookings are essential and can be made via telephone to 02 9296 1555 or by email to reqnsw@bom.gov.au.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722
Megan Magill (Mr Nairn’s Office) 02 6297 3952

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