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Station Criticised

Station Criticised

Mt Gellibrand Weather Station Reliability Questioned

Following the Mount Gellibrand weather station coming back into action yesterday, Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan has stated his discontent.

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The local member believes the weather station is unfit for predicting the weather of Colac and nearby towns.

"I haven't been happy for a long time that Colac's weather is recorded at Mount Gellibrand. What we have at the moment is the whole of Western Victoria, everywhere from Terang, Camperdown, Cobden, is taken from Mortlake. While Colac's is taken from Mount Gellibrand. It's not Colac's weather.

"Most people will agree it's about 30% less rainfall at Mount Gellibrand, so that means it's irrelevant. The local law in Colac is that every mile you go south of Colac, another inch of rain. The people at Barongarook and even out at Gellibrand that are getting their weather from Mount Gellibrand, it's not even close to the daytime temperature or rainfall or anything else.

"It's important because in the changing climate environment we're talking about all the time, value of land and opportunities for regions are judged by what their measured rainfall is. Now if we're giving a climate indicator that's really not even close to what Colac is, it's 30% less rainfall and consistently either hotter over summer or colder over winter, we're doing our own area an injustice.

"I have written to the Bureau of Meteorology and asked to have some kind of weather recording, they are expensive things, but we need one that's south of the Princes Highway to better reflect the weather of Colac, Camperdown, Cobden, rather than these ones that are way to the north."

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