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Media Release

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

AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS FOR
ANTARCTIC DIVISION & BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY


23 January1998

Outstanding efforts by Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology staff in Tasmania have been recognised in Australia Day awards announced today. Senator Ian Macdonald, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Antarctic Division and the Bureau of Meteorology, said today he was delighted with the announcement of the awards.

"One award is presented to the team of people who made a major contribution to the successful apprehension of two foreign fishing vessels operating around the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands during late 1997," Senator Macdonald said.

"In conjunction with other government agencies, this group of scientists, policy and legal officers worked in secret and to tight deadlines to achieve this outcome, highlighting the Australian Government's commitment to fighting illegal fishing."

An award has also been made to the team which designed and implemented an innovative Web-based information delivery system in support of the Antarctic Division's complex and diverse operations.

"The system, known as the Resource Navigator, is one of the cleverest innovations I have seen, it simplifies information delivery for users, and highlights what can be achieved using this rapidly evolving technology, and I believe sets a benchmark in the design and use of intranet systems," Senator Macdonald said.

Meteorologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan receives an award for his development of a user-friendly computer system which allows Bureau of Meteorology staff across Australia to retrieve and analyse information from the national climate database.

Mr Barnes-Keoghan works in the Climate and Consultancy Section of the Bureau's Tasmania/Antarctica Regional Office in Hobart. Ian's intuitive system allows staff without programming experience to generate many standard data listings, summaries and analyses.

"The system Ian has developed contributes greatly to the Bureau's ongoing commitment to meeting public needs for better climate services," Senator Macdonald concluded.

For further information, please contact:
Mark Elliot (Office of Senator Macdonald) 026 277 3665 or 0419 238 747
Phil Wood (Antarctic Division) 0362 323 513 or 014 850 948
Clare Richards (Bureau of Meteorolgy) 026 277 3665 or 0419 698 275

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