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Wednesday, 13 November 1985
Page: 2076

Senator GIETZELT —On Monday Senator Townley asked me a question regarding the intention of the Department of Aviation in closing the briefing office at Hobart Airport. I have received the following information from the Minister for Aviation: The Department of Aviation is in the process of studying the manner in which aviation meteorological information is provided to the aviation industry. This is taking place in consultation with officials of the Bureau of Meteorology and representatives of the aviation industry. This is consistent with cost reduction principles envisaged in the report of the Independent Inquiry into Aviation Cost Recovery otherwise known as the Bosch report.

Current proposals envisage that it will no longer be necessary for Bureau officers to provide face to face briefing at Launceston, Hobart, Port Hedland, Canberra, Tamworth, Mount Isa, Alice Springs, Cairns and Rockhampton. Weather information will continue to be available from officers of the Department of Aviation. Similar arrangements exist already at 32 other locations in Australia. These arrangements have operated successfully for a number of years at locations which include important centres such as Coolangatta, Albury, Derby, Mackay and Coffs Harbour. The proposals will not affect the availability of weather information to pilots. Observations will continue at their present level. If pilots require elaboration of material, they will be provided with access to a professional forecaster.