Willis Island (Bureau of Meteorology, Weather Station)
Construction of the remote Weather monitoring station located on Willis Island beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea Territory, Queensland. Laurie Lindner Constructions completed the construction of this project under challenging conditions, due to the remoteness and the environmentally sensitive Coral Sea surrounding the island.
Year of completion: 2006 Project value: $11.5 Client: Bureau of Meteorology Length of project: 8 months
The project comprises of a weather outstation, category 5 building (820m2) and was a challenging logistically and environmentally managed procedure, with the island located 450km off shore, east of Cairns.
Completed in November 2006, the Willis Island Weather Monitoring station is usually manned by four weather observers living on the island, one of whom is Officer-in-Charge, and one Technical Officer (electronic engineering).
Historically, the Willis Island weather monitoring station was established in 1921 and equipped with a radio transmitter in order to provide a cyclone early warning service for Queensland. Laurie Lindner Constructions' Wills Island project won the MBA 2007 Innovation in Environmental Management Award.