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Antarctic and Southern Ocean gateway activities

There have been a range of activities in Hobart in the lead up to the start of the Antarctic season.

On 4 October, the Tasmanian Minister for State Growth and Antarctic Tasmania hosted a reception at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to acknowledge the 40th Anniversary of the move of the Australian Antarctic Division headquarters from Melbourne to Hobart.

The evening also marked the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Madrid Protocol for Environmental Protection of Antarctica, and a cake was cut in honour of both anniversaries.

Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina arrived in Hobart, its new home port, on 16 October. The ship will support the cutting-edge science of the Australian Antarctic Program and resupply stations for the next 30 years. The ship's name, pronounced noy-yee-nah, means ‘southern lights’ in palawa kani. More information on the ship can be found at

On 29 October, the Lord Mayor held the annual civic reception to commemorate the opening of the Antarctic summer season and celebrate the city’s role as a gateway to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.