Southwesterly 10/15 knots, grading to 15/20 knots in the east. Winds reaching 25 knots at times offshore in the east early this morning. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: South to southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2 metres around midday. Outlook Thursday: West to southwesterly 10/15 knots turning north to northwesterly in the late morning and early afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre in the east. Outlook Friday: Westerly around 10 knots increasing to 15/20 knots during the afternoon and evening. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.Issued Wed 05:10 EST
17:25 EST Farmers say Australia urgently needs a new national plan for drought, after Agriculture Department figures reveal less than half the funds allocated for Commonwealth concessional loans schemes .