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Media Release

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


28 August 1998

The Weather Bureau came out on top in their monitoring and prediction of the extreme weather events that have affected large areas of southeastern Australia over the past few months.

Senator Ian Macdonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Bureau of Meteorology, in a letter of thanks to Dr John Zillman, the Bureau's Director, praised the organisation's staff for their hard work, professionalism and dedication during these extreme events.

"The Government recognises that the quality of our weather forecasting service is essential to the safety and well-being of the Australian community and therefore appreciates the enormous commitment of Bureau staff, particularly when asked to work under conditions of significant stress.

"Events ranging from the gale force winds which lashed parts of South Australia, Tasmania and NSW to the floods that devastated Gippsland, Wollongong and inland NSW put a considerable amount of pressure on the staff and technical systems of the Bureau, particularly in NSW where they seem to have endured more than their fair share of the dreadful weather," Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald also noted that the Bureau's excellent work had been appreciated by the local communities that bore the brunt of the bad weather as well as the State Emergency Services who work closely with the Bureau during such events.

"I imagine that such kudos and supportive comments, besides being well earned, would be welcomed by the staff concerned who I am sure worked well above the level that would be expected of them during normal circumstances."

Senator Macdonald said all Australians were appreciative of the work Bureau staff perform.

For further information contact:
Phil Connole, Senator Macdonald's Office, 07 4771 3066

Commonwealth of Australia