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Joint Media Release The Hon Greg Hunt MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage & The Hon John Anderson MP Federal Member for Gwydir

22 November 2006

GH06/142

Climate seminars for Western Slopes and Northern Tablelands

Local farmers and other key players in the rural sector are being invited to a series of special presentations on how to better access and understand vital weather information.

Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Hunt, announced the seminars would be held in the North West Slopes and Plains and the Northern Tablelands districts from December 5-7.

Mr Hunt said the seminars aim to raise the level of understanding about our weather and the variations that occur within it.

"The events will offer the latest advice on current climate conditions, seasonal outlooks for NSW, climate change, and access to weather and climate information for agriculture," Mr Hunt said.

Member for Gwydir, John Anderson, said an understanding of how the climate affects agriculture, and how rural producers can better use climate information are vitally important to the sustainability of our farming enterprises.

"Australia has one of the most variable climates of major agricultural exporting countries, hence an understanding of this variability and the implications of climate change is important for farmers," Mr Anderson said.

The free public seminars will demonstrate how to access the wealth of climate related information available on the Bureau's website.

The events are being hosted by the Bureau with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and Border Rivers-Gwydir and Namoi Catchment Management Authorities.

Similar seminars have been held across other parts of NSW as part of a three year program.

Media Contacts: John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596 Sarah Johnston (Mr Anderson's office) on 02 6742 3155