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

23 March 2006

High tech new HQ marks Bureau's centenary


Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology today officially commissioned the Bureau's new offices at Melbourne's Docklands as part of today's World Meteorological Day celebrations.

"The Bureau of Meteorology's new Melbourne headquarters is a high-technology centre that will ensure Australia continues its reputation of being at the forefront of meteorological science and natural disaster mitigation," Mr Hunt said.

"The Australian government has invested heavily to ensure Australia maintains its place in meteorological forecasting and the new centre includes computing facilities worth around $60 million - with $22 million of this being invested in a world class 'super computer' that uses power equivalent to 1500 homes."

"Its new building also includes a National Meteorological Library, a Training Centre and several scientific laboratories."

"In these days of rapid change, it's surprising that the Bureau has had only two previous Head Offices-the Colonial townhouse 'Frosterley' in Carlton (1908-1972) and the most recent offices at 150 Lonsdale St."

"I am pleased to formally commission the new tenancy, in this 100th anniversary year of the act of parliament that brought into being the Bureau of Meteorology."

Mr Hunt said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology played a vital role in advising the community on natural hazards that threaten life and property.

"The Australian Government's investment in the Bureau's science and technology infrastructure indicates the Government's recognition of the Bureau's significant role in providing meteorological services to the Australian community, and advice to the Government on weather and climate-related issues", Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt will officially open the Bureau's new head office at 700 Collins St., Docklands at 9am, March 23 as part of World Meteorological Day celebrations.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722

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