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Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

23 April 2006

Laurie Porter wins NOAA Environmental Heroes Award

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology today congratulated Mr Laurie Porter, a Bureau technical officer with the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station, Tasmania, as a recipient of the prestigious United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Heroes Award.

The Environmental Heroes Award is given to individuals and organisations each year from across the United States and around the world and is presented in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations on 22 April. The award honours those working with NOAA for their "tireless efforts to preserve and protect our environment". Overall, there are ten recipients of the Environmental Heroes Award in 2006.

Mr Hunt said that Laurie's role in the Bureau is impressive, having arrived at Cape Grim in late 1983 after being a well respected instructor for Bureau engineering technical officers, and now being considered a leading international expert in greenhouse gas instrumentation.

“That Laurie is the only non-US citizen out of the ten well deserved recipients of this year's award makes his award an exceptional achievement.”

“Laurie's dedication and work effort at the Cape Grim station was first recognised through the awarding of a National Australia Day Achievement Medallion in 2002 from the Department of the Environment and Heritage”.

“The NOAA Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gas flask sampling that started in 1984 and NOAA Halocarbon and other Atmospheric Trace gas Species program that started in 1991 are two of the many collaborative programs at Cape Grim that tie Australian data into the world network of greenhouse gas observations. Laurie has been involved in those NOAA programs since their inception at Cape Grim.”

“The Cape Grim station celebrated its 30th anniversary last week and is managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology with a research partnership with CSIRO. It has been a major success story in Australia's efforts to monitor greenhouse gases. Laurie Porter has been a major contributor to that program for the past 23 years.” Mr Hunt said.

“This latest award showed that the outputs of the Cape Grim collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO were highly respected in the international community”.

“Well done to Laurie Porter, all the people who have been part of the Cape Grim for the last three decades, and all the recipients of this year's NOAA Environmental Heroes Awards.”

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Office of Mr Hunt), 0415 740 722

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