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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

26 September 2003

Small Fire at the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne

A power supply unit caught fire today at around 2.30pm in the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology's Central Computer Facility in head office at 150 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.

The fire was restricted to a small area with staff on the lower three floors evacuated. Nobody was injured.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Heritage said the fire had interrupted the Bureau's use of their Supercomputer.

"At this stage, the impact of the fire on regular forecasting should be minimal however there may be some impact on computer-forecast modelling," Dr Stone said.

"The impact on operational forecasting to the public and the aviation industry is expected to be minor with back up systems in place.

"Further information will be available once a comprehensive assessment of the damage to systems, and the time it will take to completely restore operations, is completed."

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