Perth’s “met office” is poised to close and will not reopen in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak, with Perth’s Office of Health and Human Services saying it is “not financially viable” to maintain it.
The office, which provides advice to health officials and other public bodies on health and wellness, will remain open until December 1, 2019, said a statement on Monday.
The Perth Met Office has also said it would consider moving offices in the capital.
In a statement, the office said it had been forced to cut staff numbers in the last 12 months due to a coronavalirus pandemic and was unable to continue providing advice to other health authorities in the region.
It said the office had been operating for more than 20 years and was well funded to operate.
“Our business model has been sustainable for the last decade and we believe we can provide more value to our clients through the use of more robust technology, a higher standard of services and the best information available,” the statement said.
The Met Office said its budget would be reduced by 1.4 per cent to $3.2 million in 2019-20.
The WA Department of Health said it has been in discussions with the Met Office about the future of the office and that it had received assurances that it would continue to be funded.
“The Office of Human Services is in discussions to determine the best way forward for the Office of Met Office and the Perth Met office and we will provide an update as soon as we have heard more about this,” the WA Department said in a statement.
Mr Smith said the closure was not a surprise.
“It’s not unusual for organisations to make changes like this when they get into financial difficulties,” he said.
“In the case of the Met office, the Perth council has been working with them to try and save the Perth office.”
We’ve got the budget coming through and we’re hoping it will be more in line with what’s in the budget for Perth, so it’s good news for us.
“That’s probably why there’s been no cases.””
But it’s not necessarily the best place to do a coronabovirus case study,” he told ABC Perth.
“That’s probably why there’s been no cases.”
I think the fact that they’re still there is probably a positive sign.