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Charleville gets new weather info on the Internet.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Media Adviser - Sonia Mills ph: 0427 743 126

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

12 November 2003

Charleville gets new weather info on the internet

People living in and around Charleville will now be able to access local weather forecasts on the internet with a new regional webpage from the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology.

Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today said the webpage would use information from the Bureau’s Charleville regional office to provide tailored weather advice for locals.

“Regional Australia is a critical part of the Australian community requiring relevant and up-to-date weather information,” Mr Scott said.

“This new webpage means that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people can access weather information specific to the Charleville area.

Mr Scott said the Charleville regional webpage was one of a series of regional webpages being launched right around Australia this week.

“As Australians begin the recovery process after one of the worst droughts on record, and with the added uncertainty of human-induced climate change, farmers, tourist operators and families have seldom been so focussed on the weather,” Mr Scott said.

“Already we have an average of 210 million people a month tapping into the Bureau’s internet site to access weather information essential to their daily activities.

“The type of information already available includes current forecasts and warnings, latest weather observations, weather radar and satellite images, historical climatological conditions and seasonal outlooks, weather maps and educational material.

“To further increase the accessibility of this information, the Bureau has developed these new regionally-focussed webpages that can be ‘bookmarked’ by the community to provide local information around the clock.”

Mr Scott said the Bureau’s website is currently the most visited Federal Government website in the country and is continually reviewed and improved to meet the weather needs of all Australians.

To visit the Charleville webpage go to: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/qld/charleville/

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