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Media Release
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

ANTARCTIC EXHIBITION OPENS IN ROCKHAMPTON


22 August 1998

A `touch of frost' has appeared in temperate Central Queensland with the official opening of a week long Antarctic display in Rockhampton.

Entitled `Our Frozen Frontier, 50 Years of Australian Antarctic Endeavour', the historic display is part of extensive activities which mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE).

Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic, Senator Ian Macdonald, says the jubilee exhibition is in recognition of the considerable distinction the Antarctic expeditions have brought to Australia since their commencement in 1947.

"This year is a landmark for the people of ANARE - fifty years of achievement by expeditioners who have contributed, and continue to contribute, so much to Australia's proud tradition in the Antarctic region.

"ANARE expeditioners have included men and women from regional Queensland. When in Antarctica Queensland's sunshine and warmth is far away from the cold, harsh, unforgiving environment of Antarctica.

"But the sacrifices they make is keeping Australia's interests in Antarctica alive".

Presented by the ANARE of Queensland the exhibition will be open in the Rockhampton City Mall/Hall until August 24.

The display comprises a fixed display of equipment, memorabilia, instruments, models and images which have formed an integral part of Australia's expeditions to the icy-continent.

"A highlight of the Jubilee display is the continual screening of Antarctic films, videos and slides complimented by expert commentary.

"This will help people appreciate the wonders and peculiarities of what is a breathtaking and truly amazing continent".

At the conclusion of the display `Our Frozen Frontier' will take the Antarctic's secrets to Longreach for display at the Stockman's Hall of Fame from 28 August to 3 September.

Friday, 22 August, 1997

For more info contact Brad Robinson on (077) 713066 or 0418673600.

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