The Director of the Australian Antarctic Division, Dr Tony Fleming, has today announced his retirement.
Dr Fleming has been an outstanding Director of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) for the past four years and a long time public servant in the environment.
I wish to convey my personal appreciation for his tireless work in leading Australia’s Antarctic programme, including its important scientific research, and the AAD’s policy and logistic responsibilities.
He has been a tireless proponent of for the introduction of the Marine Protected Areas off East Antarctica and has played a strong role in upholding the values of the Antarctic Treaty and Australia’s key role in Antarctic matters in the international arena.
He is currently overseeing the tender for the new icebreaker which is the largest ever infrastructure investment in the AAD.
The position of Director of the AAD is extremely important, particularly as the Government outlines its 20 year plan for further engaging and enhancing our lead role in the region.
The position will be publicly advertised and we will ensure we have the best person, with Dr Fleming’s retirement taking effect from 6 August.