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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

12 July 2005

Perth headquarters for Tsunami early warning system

Perth is to play a major role in the early detection of tsunamis throughout the Indian Ocean, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.

Senator Campbell welcomed a recent decision in Paris by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to base the secretariat for the newly established Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System in Perth.

“The Perth office of the IOC, which is located within the WA office of the Bureau of Meteorology, runs a global ocean observing system focusing on the Indian and South-West Pacific oceans,” he said.

“It makes good sense for the secretariat for an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System to operate from Perth. It is testament to the quality of Australia’s technical and scientific agencies, including the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia, that Australia was chosen to host the secretariat.

“The secretariat will play a coordinating role for the network of national systems that will make up the Indian Ocean warning system, including the newly announced $69 million Australian Tsunami Warning System, and data sharing arrangements.”

Senator Campbell said Perth would also host the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System from August 3 to 5 August.

Media contacts:
Senator Campbell - Marianne McCabe (02) 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580

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