Home' Portland Observer : PO-20131204 Contents 2 PORTLAND OBSERVER Wednesday December 4 2013
THE annual Heywood to Portland Toy Run
is Saturday and motorcyclists are invited to
join the ride.
Organiser David Upton is hoping there will be
another bumper crowd for this year’s ride.
“Just turn up on the day and join in,” Mr Upton
said. “Hopefully we have some nice weather.”
The ride will be collecting toys, food and
money for the Salvation Army to distribute to
needy families in Portland and Heywood.
Mr Upton said toys can be donated wrapped,
but should be clearly labelled to indicate who
the present would suit, including boy/girl and
Donations can be made in Heywood before
the ride begins at 10.30am opposite Elders
or in Portland when the ride finishes on the
Before entering Portland the riders will
regroup at the tourist information drive in,
opposite Alexander C Stores Shell service
station before joining with a police escort for
the final leg.
“This year is our 19th toy run so next year will
be the big 20,” Mr Upton said.
For more information contact David Upton on
A PLANNNG permit has
been issued for proposed
$45 million extensions to
the Heywood Electricity
The Glenelg Shire Council
application at its meeting last
The proposed extensions
at the Rifle Range Rd site
* the installation of a 500/275
KV transformer and associated
* a new AC/DC building; and
* removing native vegetation.
The extensions are part of a
$108 million project aimed
at increasing unused capacity
between Victorian and South
The upgrade involves new
equipment at Heywood and
reconfiguring the network
in the south-east of South
It will increase the capability
of the network to transfer
electricity between the two
regions by 40 per cent.
The two companies involved
the Australian Energy
Market Operator in Victoria
and ElectraNet in South
Australia expect work to start
in the second half of next year,
and for the project to be fully
operational by 2016.
$45m power upgrade
gets planning permit
Join the Christmas toy run on Saturday
LINTON Cram, David Upton, Paul Upton and the Santa sleigh are all ready for this weekend’s Toy Run.
Picture: JOSH NASH 131128jn02
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“It was really scary, he had just finished
telling us you only had half an hour to live
if it bit you in a blood vessel or you would
die from heart failure in three to four years
(if it bit you elsewhere),” Isabella said.
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman
said Mr Grant was taken to Portland District
Health (PDH) where he was stabilised
before being airlifted to Melbourne.
PDH director of nursing Frank Megens
said the patient was treated in the Accident
and Emergency department and stabilised
before being transferred by helicopter to the
Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne.
“Because it is not a common snake bite,
the Royal Melbourne Hospital has the
anti-venom and it was best for ongoing care
and close monitoring for him to transfer
him,” he said.
Mr Megens said he was unaware of any
previous taipan bites presenting to PDH.
Mr Grant was flown to Essendon Airport
before being driven by road ambulance
to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where
it is understood he received antivenom. A
hospital spokeswoman said the man was in
a stable condition yesterday morning.
Mr Grant was presenting the show by
himself and his snakes and reptiles were in
his ute that was moved into the shade by a
The Glenelg Shire Council rangers were
called later in the afternoon to care for
the reptiles but Mr Grant’s wife came and
collected them on Monday evening.
Latin name: Oxyuranus microlepidotus
Locality: Central Australia
The inland taipan, also known as the
western taipan or fierce snake can kill 100
adults with a single bite of venom.
Its venom, drop for drop, is by far the most
toxic of any snake in the world – much
more so than even sea snakes. Unlike most
snakes, the inland taipan is a specialist
mammal hunter so its venom is specially
adapted to kill warm-blooded species.
The venom is known to paralyse a victim’s
nervous system and clot the blood, which
then blocks blood vessels.
Depending on the nature of the bite, it can
kill someone in as little as 30 to 45 minutes
if left untreated.
Because it lives in such remote locations,
the inland taipan seldom comes in contact
with people, therefore it is not considered
the most deadly snake in the world overall,
especially in terms of disposition and
human deaths per year.
Although the inland taipan is highly
venomous, they are very shy and reclusive,
and always prefer to escape from threat.
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by changing the colour of their skin during
seasonal changes. They tend to become
lighter during summer and darker during
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