Kym Newbery has made an outstanding technical contribution to the on-going success of Australia’s scientific and logistic activities in Antarctica as an electronics engineer. He has developed an exceptional level of experience and skill over 17 years of operating both in Antarctica and at head office, and continues to apply these with dedication and energy to his work, becoming an integral contributor to the technical support foundations of the Australian Antarctic Program.
Since his commencement with the Australian Antarctic Division, Kym has provided critical, ongoing support to projects being conducted in Antarctica. Notable among this work is his high levels of support for the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program, based at Béchervaise Island, near Mawson station, for which he spent six full summers on the Island. This location is particularly challenging, and involves isolation for a small team for two-months each year. Kym has also provided critical levels of support to five marine science voyages, one of which immediately following a summer at Béchervaise Island. Kym has provided extensive levels of support to ensure science outcomes, throughout journeys comprising rough seas, long shifts and cramped living conditions.
Kym has also made an outstanding, yet often unnoticed, contribution to Australian Antarctic science outcomes, through his ability to design reliable, effective and innovative equipment for use in harsh conditions by non-technical personnel. Notable among this work is Kym’s development of a remote camera monitoring system for the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Such has been the success of the camera system that the concept has been adopted as a new standard method by CCAMLR for future ecosystem monitoring in Antarctica, and is used on the continent by several other countries. Kym has also developed key technology for marine science and glaciology.
His commitment to the goals and people of the Australian Antarctic Program and his ability to critically analyse technical problems and develop innovative solutions mean that Kym clearly goes ‘above and beyond’, and the ongoing success of Australia’s activities in Antarctica are testament to this.