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Wednesday, 5 September 1945
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Mr DRAKEFORD (MaribyrnongMinister for Air and Minister for Civil Aviation) (Minister for Air) - by leave - With the cooperation of the Postmaster-General and of the broadcasting companies, arrangements have now been completed to provide individual weather services to country districts, through country broadcasting stations. The service, which began on the 3rd September throughout the Commonwealth, implements the Government's expressed policy to provide primary and secondary industries in country centres with essential weather information as fully as the meteorological organization will permit. Under pre-war conditions the comparative scarcity and short range of broadcasting facilities serving country areas and the lack of broadcasting time in programmes of the national networks made it impracticable to supply satisfactory, detailed weather services to country communities. Under the new arrangement each broadcasting station in the Commonwealth will be provided with essential weather information for its own district. This will cover details of daily district rainfall and river reports, district forecasts and, as circumstances warrant, warnings of floods, frosts, bush fires or other weather phenomena.

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