Bureau of Meteorology office to stay open until 2017

MACKAY'S Bureau of Meteorology office at Mount Bassett is set to stay open until next year.

Member for Dawson George Christensen received confirmation from Environment Minister Greg Hunt this morning the office will stay open for now.

Two of the existing staff are expected to stay at the Mackay office, however the position of weather is going to be made obsolete with them to be re-trained as technicians.

John McILwham from the Mackay Bureau of Meteorology Station at Mt Bassett has retired.

John McIlwham from the Mackay Bureau of Meteorology Station at Mt Bassett Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
John McIlwham from the Mackay Bureau of Meteorology Station at Mt Bassett Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Public meetings will be held, with a date to be confirmed, about what the community thinks about keeping the office open.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) announced plans to cut staff from almost all its regional stations across Australia over the next five years in February.  

The Cairns station will be the only location spared as over 30 employees in 24 regional stations face the axe, ABC reported at the time.  

BoM Western Australia regional director Mike Bergin said the bureau plans to relocate staff who are willing to move.   

"The plan is to redeploy as many people as want to be in other parts of the network, so there will be no forced redundancies," he said.  

Do you want Mackay's BoM office to stay open for good?

This poll ended on 12 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes

85%

No

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The cuts will occur over the next five years, following a review of staff in BoM's 2015 strategic plan.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has arranged free public weather bureau forums in Rockhampton and Yeppoon today and tomorrow.

The forums are being held following community concerns over restructures announced by the Bureau of Meteorology in the next five years.

The bureau is making many of its services automated.

Ms Landry wants the bureau to explain to the community what changes to expect.

Earlier, Ms Landry held talks with Environment Minister Greg Hunt after some concerns about BOM's plan.

The bureau is also holding private briefings with councils and emergency management leaders in both the Rockhampton and Livingstone shires, including SES controllers, senior police, and QAS


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