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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

March 17 2003

New Weather Office Officially Opened


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone officially opened the new Adelaide Airport Meteorological Office today.

"With one of the hottest and driest summers drawing to a close and its tragedy and hardship behind us, understanding and predicting the weather has never been so important to so many Australians," said Dr Stone.

"The opening of the new Adelaide Meteorological office couldn't be more timely".

The new facility, located near the western boundary of the Adelaide Airport precinct, replaces the original Airport Meteorological Office, which operated from 1955 to December 2002.

"The new office is located on an excellent site and is leased by the Bureau of Meteorology from Adelaide Airport Ltd," Dr Stone said.

"This is a building of the future," said Dr Stone. "Geothermal energy from deep underground is used for heating and cooling, and Bureau staff will be equipped with state of the art observational equipment."

The Adelaide Airport Meteorological Office is one of 45 observing offices within Australia that have upper atmospheric sensing and weather watch capability through the use of radar and balloon flights.

"The new building and equipment was funded by the Federal Government as part of its commitment to ensuring the Bureau maintains its modern and technologically advanced weather monitoring capability," said Dr Stone.

Media enquiries:
Office of Dr Sharman Stone: Anna Hughes ph: 0408 697 055
Bureau of Meteorology: Andrew Watson ph: 0418 892 257

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