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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

23 June 2003

New Chief for Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone, today announced that Dr Geoff Love is to be the new Head of the Bureau of Meteorology.

"I am very pleased to announce that Dr Love will take up this important leadership role at an exciting time for Australian meteorology," Dr Stone said.

"Dr Love has a long and distinguished career in science and government. He is currently Secretary of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before his United Nations post he was the Bureau's Deputy Director for six years. This makes him ideally placed to lead this important national agency, " Sharman Stone said.

Dr Stone thanked Dr John Zillman AO, FTSE, for his outstanding service. Dr Zillman has been the Director of the Bureau since 1978 and Head of the Bureau since it became an Executive Agency in July 2002.

"Dr Zillman's extensive scientific, policy and management experience over the past 25 years has established the Bureau as one of the most respected of the world's meteorological services," she said.

"Weather forecasting and developing the climate record were amongst the first powers assigned to the Commonwealth of Australia at Federation, and since its creation in 1908 the Bureau has built a reputation for world class weather, climate, hydrological and oceanographic services. Its web site attracts around 6 million visits per day.

"This year's Federal Budget positions the Bureau for even greater achievements, with $62.2 million to upgrade Australia's weather radar network with state-of-the-art 'Doppler' technology, and $31.2 million over the next four years to maintain and improve its observation and monitoring networks and the information it provides the community.

"I congratulate Dr Love on this appointment, and look forward to working with him to ensure the Bureau adapts continuously to meet the demands for ever more refined and accurate weather forecasting. As well, in the new era of human induced climate change, the Bureau needs to be at the forefront of ensuring we have the best and most timely information for industry and community adaptation", Sharman Stone said.

Contact:
Andrew Cox (Dr Stone's office) 0408 057 226

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