Home' Portland Observer : PO-20131204 Contents 4 PORTLAND OBSERVER Wednesday December 4 2013
South West District Forecast
Today. Cloudy. Rain, easing to isolated showers in the
morning. The chance of storms in the morning. Possible
hail in the west during the late afternoon and evening, ex-
tending throughout during the evening. Wind westerly 15 to
20 km/h, increasing to 30 to 35 km/h in the early after-
noon, then easing to 20 to 25 km/h.
Today. Rain easing. Becoming windy. Min 12 Max 16
Thursday. A few showers. Min 9 Max 13
Friday. Shower or two. Min 10 Max 16
West Coast Waters
Today.Wind: Nor thwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting westerly
15 to 25 knots before dawn then increasing to 20 to 30
knots in the early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increas-
ing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwest-
erly 2 metres, tending southwesterly 2.5 to 4 metres
during the morning.
Thursday. Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots
tending southerly from the west at a similar strength during
the morning. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2 me-
tres during the evening. Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 me-
tres. Weather: The chance of storms with possible hail.
of Australia 2013
Issued December 2, 2013
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between 9:10am to 5:30pm
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Another one ... gone
WHILE watching the demolition of yet
another icon, the Mitre10 and Dick Smith
building, I was approached by a local identity
who said “that’s progress in Portland!”
I thought about this, maybe it is progressive to
knock down a structurally sound building that
didn’t even have white ants (unlike some other
iconic buildings in recent years).
If progress means an extended car park I
sincerely hope that we have an influx of new,
I have heard local business operators including
estate agents, in reference to property and retail
sales, “The heart has gone out of Portland”.
Mitre10 was close to the retail heart. I think
about the potential, or lack thereof, for future
There may be different interpretations of
progress. Perhaps we should ask the trucking
industry, fuel distributors, retailers, and other
developers about their experiences of recent
progress in Portland?
Workplace safety still a priority
WITH the festive season rapidly approaching
and most Victorians looking forward to a
well-earned summer break, it’s important that
safety remains a priority in our workplaces.
The simple fact is that November and
December are the most dangerous times of year
Last year seven people died as a result of
workplace injuries in November-December,
more than double the number of fatalities in
any other two-month period. In 2011, nine
people died in a six-week period just prior to
As the end of the year approaches, people
naturally start thinking about things other
than work, which means safety may not be
uppermost in their minds.
It’s also a busy time of year, especially in
agriculture where the pre-Christmas harvest
season and the “get the job done” culture can
be particularly dangerous.
Many fatalities at this time of year involve
skilled and experienced people doing routine
tasks, so no-one can afford to take safety for
Workplace safety is everyone’s business and
we all need to pause and think about what we
can do to prevent a tragedy.
Christmas should be a time for family and
friends, not visiting hospital or mourning a
loved one, so please take care.
Chief executive, WorkSafe Victoria
THE Australian Labor Party is a progressive
party, unlike the Liberal Party.
As time changes so should the ways we govern
and use technology to mould society and base
our fiscal policy on this. As Kevin Rudd said
as prime minister ‘we can’t have all our eggs
in one basket’.
Something many economists would agree
with. However something Liberal policy does
not reflect. This is seen in the withdrawal of
the ‘new schools’ and ‘cutting the 20/20 target’
by Abbott. In Victoria Napthine has done the
same with our health care, and transportation.
The M1 is backed up from the West Gate to
It’s time for progressivism to take the way of
the 21st century and the ALP is leading it, with
the ‘jobs plan for Geelong’ and transportation
plans to free up our roads as European cities
have taken advantage of. Maybe it’s time
Napthine stands down in 2014 and allow for a
new age of politicians to make way?
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