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New Antarctic accommodation facility at Australia's Casey research station



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THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Minister for the Environment and Energy

MEDIA RELEASE

12 December 2016

NEW ANTARCTIC ACCOMMODATION FACILITY AT AUSTRALIA’S CASEY RESEARCH STATION

Australia’s Casey research station will be able to support more scientists undertaking globally significant research with the opening of a new accommodation facility in Antarctica.

The East Wing is an extension to the main living facility known as the Red Shed. It includes 39 bedrooms with shared bathroom and laundry facilities.

It will increase accommodation capacity at the station to 120, which is vital during the busy summer months when Australian Antarctic Program researchers use it as a launching pad for work across the continent.

Casey research station also serves as a hub for other Antarctic nations that transit through Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome to their national stations.

The original Red Shed was built over several years starting in 1983, and has already had one accommodation extension, the West Wing, in 2009.

Over the summer period nearly two hundred expeditioners call Casey home, with about 20 remaining through the winter period. There are nearly 100 expeditioners who are currently living and working at Casey research station.

The station is a modern and comfortable facility with almost everything you would expect to find in a small town housed across a range of separate buildings.

The Red Shed has a home theatre, gym, medical facilities, a library and many communal areas. There are also scientific laboratories, a meteorological office, mechanical workshop, powerhouse, food and equipment store and communications facilities.

It’s expected the new East Wing will be ready for occupation in the summer of 2017-18.

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Media Contact: Kane Silom - Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP - 02 6277 7920