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Joint Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
The Hon Bruce Scott MP
Federal Member for Maranoa

28 July 2006

Construction starts on Charleville's new meteorological office

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and The Hon Bruce Scott MP, Federal Member for Maranoa today announced that the construction of the new meteorological office at Charleville airport will soon be underway.

"The building, and specialised equipment such as a hydrogen generation system for weather balloons, will cost $1.74M," said Mr Hunt.

"I congratulate The Hon Bruce Scott on his commitment to the upgrade project and his efforts to provide improved weather service for people in the Charleville region," said Mr Hunt.

Mr Scott said a Queensland company will build the new facility.

"I am pleased to announce that Brisbane firm, R M Pope Pty Ltd, has won the tender to build the new facility, replacing a 50-year-old structure that has served the region well," said Mr Scott.

"A feature of the new building will be a visitors' room that will allow for meteorological education and displays for the 500 visitors that are attracted to the current facility each year," said Mr Scott.

The Charleville office is one of 12 being rebuilt thanks to the Federal Government's six-year $19.8 million budget increase for the Bureau of Meteorology combined with $14.2M of existing Bureau funding.

The Bureau has 50 field offices around Australia.

Media contact:
Noel Martin (Office of Mr Hunt) 0412 360 987
Shandra Baker (Office of Mr Scott), 0427 743 126

Commonwealth of Australia