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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
21 June 2002
The 2002 award of the Antarctic Medal to a Hobart man was a public acknowledgment of his outstanding commitment and service to Australia's Antarctic work over many years, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Antarctic said today.
"This award is for the quiet achievers - a public thank-you for a job well done", Dr Stone said.
Dr Stone was commenting on the announcement of the Antarctic Medal award today, Midwinters Day, by the Governor-General His Excellency the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth AC, OBE.
The medal was awarded to a Tasmanian electronics engineer, Mr Jon Reeve, of Taroona, whose work has underpinned major Australian Antarctic marine science projects.
"Mr Reeve has spent many months at sea on the world's roughest oceans in support of research into the Southern Ocean and its resources - a central part of Australia's Antarctic program. This work is essential if we are to secure the future of this important region," Dr Stone said.
Dr Stone said that Midwinter's Day was one of the most important marker days on the calendar for Aussies 'wintering' over on the frozen continent.
Today's announcement co-incides with the Winter Solstice - June 21, when the men and women of our Antarctic Bases at Mawson, Davis and Casey and the sub-Antarctic Base located on Macquarie Island, celebrate the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.
"At this time of year Casey Base receives only 2 hours of daylight, while Mawson and Davis Bases experience twilight but no real daytime light", Dr Stone said.
"The June 21 Winter Solstice gives the 82 base residents, a mixture of scientists and base support staff, the chance to join with the rest of the international Antarctic community to celebrate the return of the sun. Ice-water swims, theatre and a special dinner are traditionally the order of the day at each Base".
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Friday June 21st, 2002