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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 Pat Farmer MP
Spokesperson for Western Sydney
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Science, Education and Training
&
Kerry Bartlett MP
Federal Member for Macquarie
Chief Government Whip

28 March 2006

Free weather workshops for Western Sydney


The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Kerry Bartlett MP, Federal Member for Macquarie and the Hon. Pat Farmer MP, Spokesperson for Western Sydney today announced that the Bureau of Meteorology is to hold free weather radar workshops in the Western Sydney region.

"The workshops are part of the Bureau's ongoing commitment to ensure the public has access to weather information that affects their local area," Mr Hunt said.

"At the same time, the workshops aim to teach people how to correctly use and understand weather technology -skills that could potentially save a life during severe weather by understanding the warning signs."

"I congratulate Kerry Bartlett MP, Federal Member for Macquarie for his commitment to the workshops."

Mr Bartlett echoed Mr Hunt's comments in encouraging local residents to make use of the free workshops.

"These workshops will ensure that people have the opportunity to understand the Bureau's wide range of weather information - and by learning how to read the images - they can pinpoint directly the information that is relevant to the local area."

The Hon Pat Farmer MP, Spokesperson for Western Sydney said the workshops responded to public enquiries from around the region.

"Many people in the region have been concerned about whether rain was falling in Sydney's water catchments," he said.

"By learning how to read radar images at the workshops, the public will be able to follow the radar images - and the 128km map for the Sydney radar on the Bureau's website showing an outline of the Warragamba catchment - and view the rainfall level over that area."

The Bureau's web site (www.bom.gov.au) is consistently rated one of Australia's most accessed web sites and in recent months has regularly recorded more than 600 million hits a month with the radar images being the most popular pages.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will conduct two free Radar User Workshops at the University of Western Sydney's Hawkesbury Campus on Saturday 8 April 2006. The first session will be held between 10am-12:30pm and repeated between 2-4:30pm. Bookings are essential, and can be made by contacting 02 9296 1555 or via email to reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722
Stuart Bicknell (Office of Mr Bartlett) 0414 393 306
Nigel Dique (Office of Mr Farmer) 0421 588 086

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