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Media Release

4 September 1998

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Tony Press to succeed Mr Rex Moncur as Director of the Australian Antarctic Division. Dr Press will take up his appointment on 23 November 1998.

I have asked Dr Press to visit the Division's headquarters as soon as possible to meet the staff and be briefed on the current issues facing the Division. He will also lead the Australian delegation to the CCAMLR meeting in October/November.

Dr Press currently leads the Environment Forest Taskforce in the Environment Priorities and Coordination Group in the Department. He was appointed to that position in July 1996 following a period of six years as the Senior Executive in charge of Parks Australia's northern operations based in Darwin. Dr Press is an ecologist whose academic research was in the ecology of populations.

Although Dr Press will be unable to visit Antarctica during this summer season I have asked him to schedule a visit to our antarctic operations at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Moncur will remain as Director of the Division until Dr Press takes up his appointment.

I wish to take this opportunity to convey my sincere appreciation for the outstanding contribution Mr Moncur has made to the running of the Australian Antarctic Division and the wider Department. I look forward to the opportunity to pay Mr Moncur a full tribute closer to the date of his retirement.

I wish Dr Press all the best in his new role for the Division and the Department.

Roger Beale

4 September, 1998