Excellence in Emergency Communication Award
The Bureau received the Emergency Media and Public Affairs’ Excellence in Emergency Communication Award for its work during the Townsville floods. The award recognises the outstanding Bureau-wide effort that went into developing and communicating critical information about severe weather and flooding conditions in large parts of northern Queensland and Townsville.
Raveena Carroll-Kenney, Daniel Barty and Rob Clancy with the Excellence in Emergency Communication Award.
Australia Day Achievement Medallion
Australia Day achievement medallions are awarded under the auspices of the Australia Day Council to promote good citizenship and achievement, and acknowledge employees that have made a significant contribution to the nation. Dr Karl Braganza was recognised for his outstanding achievements in climate science, services and communication. Karl is one of Australia’s leading climate scientists and has played a significant role in informing the wider community about Australia’s climate, as well as delivering impact and value to the emergency management, energy and resources, and financial services sectors.
2019 Australia Day Achievement Medallion winner Dr Karl Braganza.
Water award winners
Robert Argent won the Australian Water Association’s ACT Program Innovation Award for his work in producing the Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy on behalf of the United Nations and the World Bank High Level Panel on Water. The awards recognise significant and innovative environmental or sustainability programs within the water industry.
Team WaterBoM, won the award for the Highly Commendable Submission at the 2018 Asia Pacific Winnovators Awards. WaterBOM was one of 30 global corporate teams to have spent eight months participating in Winnovators, a global program run by international not-for-profit WaterAid. The team designed a range of multimedia materials for school-aged kids in India to help educate on the importance of hand washing, using a superhero genie called Hy-genie and the slogan ‘Wait- Wash-Whoosh’. The WaterBOM team was comprised of Avijeet Ramchurn, Carla Mooney, Claire McClusky, Dena Farokhi, Margot Turner, Mekdes Yimam, Nadeesha Dharmasiri, Shobhit Chandra, Elisabetta Carrara and Paul Feikema and was sponsored by Robert Argent and Graham Hawke.
FMA’s Flood Risk Management Project of the Year
The Bureau received the Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) Flood Risk Management Project of the Year alongside its partners, the Tweed Shire Council, New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW OEH) and Tumbulgum Community Association. The Tumbulgum Flood Warning Service is the result of more than a year of hard work by the Bureau’s New South Wales flood team, gathering data, rebuilding complex models and creating systems that will give people better information and earlier warnings when disasters loom, not only in Tumbulgum but throughout the dangerous Northern Rivers region.
Winners: Caroline Ortel (NSW OEH), Justin Robinson (Bureau), Alex Clifton (Bureau), Wayne Pettit (NSW SES), Leon McLean (Tweed Council), and representative from NRMA with FMA President.
Prestigious Award for the Bioregional Assessments Team
The Bureau’s Bioregional Assessments team—Brendan Moran, Bronwyn Ray, Eliane Prideaux, Julie Burke, Louise Minty, Paul Sheahan and Richard Mount—received the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal for their world-first, integrated assessment of the potential impacts of $2.5 trillion of future coal seam gas and coal mine developments on water resources and water-dependent ecological, economic and sociocultural assets in eastern Australia. The Chairman’s Medal is the most prestigious of the CSIRO awards, and is awarded to recognise exceptional research scientists or teams.
Bureau Excellence Awards
On 4 October, the Bureau recognised and celebrated the extraordinary service and performance of recipients of its 2018 Bureau Excellence Awards. CEO and Director of Meteorology
Dr Andrew Johnson announced this year’s award recipients, and congratulated them on all their achievements.
2018 awards and recipient(s)
Director’s Choice: Gary Weymouth received his award for scientific direction and leadership in statistical post-processing of numerical weather prediction output.
Director’s Choice award winner Gary Weymouth.
Director’s Choice: The Thunderstorm Asthma Project Team received their award for providing a world-leading pilot thunderstorm asthma risk service.
Director’s Choice: The Volcanic Ash Strength of Evidence Assessment Project Delivery Team received this award for delivering an industry- leading and innovative decision support capability that mitigates disruptions caused by volcanoes.
Innovation: Doug Cheetham received his award for leadership and innovation in the upgrade of upper air systems, and analysis of data for the Review of Automatic Weather Stations.
Outstanding Customer Experience: Shaun Hardwick received his award for an outstanding commitment and delivery of high quality, customer-focused solutions in support of new engagements with new and existing Bureau customers.
Outstanding Customer Experience: The FLARE Project Team received their award for developing a website, telephone and email advisory service that actively supports state and territory flash flood warning systems.
Work Health and Safety: The Step Back and Take 5 Team received their award for implementing the Step Back and Take 5 culture and process as part of the Observing Systems Operations’ safety procedures.
Excellence: The ROBUST Core Tranche 2 Team received their award for delivering superior quality business cases to the Australian Government, resulting in funding to remediate critical security, reliability and resilience risks to Bureau services.
Excellence: The Integrated Delivery Section received their award for making the Bureau's public website (www.bom.gov.au) more secure and resilient by migrating it from two physical data centres to three cloud-based data centres with no interruptions to users.
Excellence: The Cairns Hub and Willis Island Refurb Team received their award for teamwork and attention to detail in the Cairns Hub Project and critical Willis Island repair mission.
Environmental Sustainability: The Lihou Reef AWS Decommissioning Works Team received their award for exemplary decommissioning of an automatic weather station in a most extreme and pristine environment with the utmost consideration for the environment and safety.
Australasian Reporting Awards
The Bureau received a Gold Award for its 2017–18 Annual Report at the 2019 Australasian Reporting Awards in June.
Bureau named a leading graduate employer
The Bureau has been rated as one of Australia’s top employers for 2019 by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) and GradAustralia. The AAGE rankings are determined entirely from graduates who have spent 12 months in the workforce and is promoted in the GradAustralia guide, a popular publication targeted at students and graduates seeking to find out more about top employers.
Giving our help to women in crisis
The Bureau received a Certificate of Appreciation from Share the Dignity, recognising its involvement in the #dignitydrive campaign. Initiated by Chris Bond and led by the Bureau’s Women Supporting Women network, Melbourne staff donated hundreds of packs of tampons and pads that were given to charities helping homeless women, victims of domestic violence or women in crisis.
Celebrating 50 years of history
The Bureau has joined Antarctic expeditioners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Casey Research Station. Officially opened on 19 February 1969, on a -2.2 °C degree day, there were four Bureau members based at Casey Station during its inaugural year: Observers Peter Twelftree and Quentin Blades, Senior Obs Radio Alf Svensson and Officer in Charge Ken Bode. The Bureau has gone on to maintain a continuous presence ever since.
The 2018–19 Bureau expeditioners with a 50-year commemorative poster: Deborah Holmes, Kenneth Cheung, Craig Butsch, Jane Leggate, Nyssa Lonsdale and Tanya Maddison with Dr Karl (centre).
Apollo XI Certificate of Appreciation
In the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the Bureau re-discovered two special pieces of memorabilia that recognised its role in supporting the 1969 Apollo missions. The first is a signed photo of the Apollo IX rocket launch, with a personal note of thanks from command module pilot David Scott. The second is an official certificate of
appreciation from the United States Department of Defense, thanking the Bureau’s Sydney office for its role in supporting the moon landing. The Bureau’s contribution ranged from providing special forecasts for weather conditions at 20–30 000 feet in the atmosphere for ‘high altitude operations’ and forecasting services that could affect the astronauts’ splash down—through to monitoring the sun for solar flares to ensure crew safety and stability of NASA’s high-frequency communication between the space craft and Earth.
Photos: Signed photo of the Apollo IX rocket and Apollo XI Certificate of Appreciation in the Australian Space Forecast Centre, Sydney.