The Bureau of Meteorology’s South Australian Operations could be moving to the East Coast in a plan to centralise operations.
More than 200 forecasters across the country have been told last week about a plan to centralise local forecasting on the east coast by 2020.
Centralisation could mean losing local forecasters in South Australia which may diminish the quality and accuracy of weather forecasts.
The Shadow Minister for Emergency Services says a delay in receiving a strong weather warning because of a lack of local staff could have severe and catastrophic consequences.
The local bureau has a pivotal role in providing valuable forecasting especially during the fire danger season in the region’s pastoral districts.