Major economic stimulus for River Murray communities

Grants totalling more than $100 million will flow to almost 100 South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects. This includes projects such as $12.7 million to replant an existing production area with new crops and a new irrigation system, $5.2 million for a new onion and potato farm to supply a national supermarket chain,…

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New supercomputer to boost Australia’s weather forecasting capabilities

Australians will benefit from enhanced forecasting services provided by the Bureau of Meteorology with the acquisition of a new supercomputer scheduled to begin operation in mid-2016. Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Parliamentary Secretary Senator Simon Birmingham visited the Bureau’s Victoria Regional Office today and said procurement of the new supercomputer will begin before the end…

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Perth Weather Radar upgrade

Weather watchers using the Bureau of Meteorology’s Perth weather radar will now get more images, more often and have the option of looking at the Doppler wind observations. “West Australians will benefit from a significant improvement in service for both the quality and frequency of the radar data,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for…

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Reducing reliance on River Murray water in Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge’s water supply will be more secure thanks to an Australian Government-funded project that will save approximately 170 million litres of drinking water per year. “I congratulate the Rural City of Murray Bridge for starting construction on the project which will reduce the cities reliance on the River Murray for drinking quality water in…

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Bureau of Meteorology website goes mobile

The Bureau of Meteorology has redesigned its website for smartphone users, making it quicker and easier for people to access Australia’s official weather forecasts using their mobile device. “The Bureau is releasing a preview of the mobile website today for public testing and feedback, before formally releasing the site,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary…

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Berrimah weather radar to be upgraded

The Bureau of Meteorology will upgrade the Berrimah radar in Darwin ahead of the next tropical cyclone season, ensuring the community will continue to have reliable access to critical weather information well into the future. Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment today announced that the Bureau had already commenced work on the logistics…

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Celebrating 40 years of Ramsar leadership

This month marks 40 years since Australia listed the world’s first Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, at Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory.  “Today we’re celebrating 40 years of Australian leadership in wetland protection,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “When Cobourg became the world’s first Ramsar site in…

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Volunteers recognised for 50 years of rainfall records

The outstanding contribution of two volunteers at the Bureau of Meteorology has been recognised with Rainfall Excellence Awards presented in South Australia today. “The commitment to the community shown by the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers makes a world of difference,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. Mr Ian Ross, of Glen Gillian…

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