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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

06 February 2002

Cape Grim officer honoured with award

The longest serving officer stationed at Cape Grim's remote atmospheric facility in north-west Tasmania was honoured in a ceremony in Hobart today where he was awarded the Bureau of Meteorology's annual Australia Day award.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage presented a National Australia Day Achievement Medallion to Mr Laurie Porter, Technical Officer at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in north west Tasmania.

"Laurie is one of the most outstanding of the many unsung heroes of the Bureau, whose long experience and dedication to duty at remote stations, including 17 years at Cape Grim, forms the backbone of our national meteorological service", Sharman Stone said.

"He has been at Cape Grim since 1984 when the Bureau of Meteorology first established a presence at the facility that monitors air pollution, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. The work being undertaken at Cape Grim is giving us a better understanding of changes in the atmosphere".

"For instance, observed levels of carbon dioxide at Cape Grim have risen by 10% over the last 20 years", Sharman Stone said.

Dr Stone presented the Award during the opening of this year's Cape Grim Science Meeting being hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environment at the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania.

"Laurie's expertise and skills have been recognised in the work he has undertaken in China, the United States and United Kingdom. His efforts have added to the worldwide reputation of Tasmania's Cape Grim facility", Sharman Stone said.

"The personal sacrifices that Laurie and other officers make by living and working in this remote part of Tasmania are crucial to our better understanding of climate change".

Simon Frost 0419 495 468
February 6th 2002

Commonwealth of Australia