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Past Student, new fisheries officer for Portland

Fisheries Victoria has a new officer in Portland.Portland resident John Melis-Walsh, is one of nine newly-trained officers to be appointed across the state.He has lived in Portland all his life, aside from a year in South Australia when he was aged six and his time at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus where he graduated with a Bachelor of Marine Biology.Mr Melis-Walsh said his interest in fisheries and the environment began as a result of his parents’ involvement in numerous conservation groups, getting him out in the field on weekends as early as he can remember."Portland is a beautiful coastline and I’m excited to be based here and looking forward to a long career with fisheries," he said.Fisheries education and enforcement director Ian Parks said the new officers have had 10 week’s training that covered everything from small boat handling to testifying in court."The training has been a comprehensive program to get the officers ready for their role as education and enforcement authorised officers for Fisheries Victoria."The nine new officers join an experienced state-wide team who are the vital front line in our efforts to ensure the sustainability of Victoria’s fish stocks."Mr Parks said the recruitment program began in August last year when 315 applications were received and the shortlisted applicants went through a competitive recruitment process involving psychometric testing, first round telephone interviews, face to face interviews and a scenario based assessment centre.

Past Student

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Indonesian Sister School Students get a taste of Portland culture

 

Vegemite, bush dancing and the cold weather are just some of the highlights listed for visiting staff and students from the Portland Secondary College’s Indonesian sister school. Twenty students and two staff members from SMPN5 in Yogykarta spent the week in Portland with host families, sharing in classes and the local community and experiencing the Australian home life.The group also took time to visit some of the region’s iconic attractions, including the Halls Gap Zoo, Bridgewater Bay and the Gorae West Christmas tree farm. To cap off their taste of Australiana, the school hosted a night of bush dancing at the Gorae West Hall, which showcased both traditional Indonesian and Australian dances.The torrential rain and single-figure temperatures did not dampen the spirits of the students, with many noting that they had never been experienced the cold weather before. "Bridgewater was a beautiful beach to visit," said Faisal Helfidiar Rachmad. "It was very cold."School mate Fikri Muhammad Akbar’s was excited to see a kangaroo, noting that it was impossible to witness something similar in his hometown."We come from the busy city of Yogyakarta," Fikri said."It has been enjoyable to experience a country town. It’s a lot quieter than the city."Teacher Ibu Madya expressed her delight in the experience for her students."The people of Portland and the host families have been friendly and sincere," Ibu Madya said."We have gained a lot from the visit and look forward to the Portland Secondary College students reciprocating with a visit to Yogyakarta in the near future."The students were farewelled by host families on Monday.

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Reengagement Program Student Perspective

The Portland Re-engagement Program is a campus of Portland Secondary College which caters specifically for students who have disengaged or are at risk of doing so from mainstream education.

Students come from all backgrounds and have left mainstream education for a wide range of reasons. What they have in common is a strong desire to improve their chances of success in life and the centre focuses on assisting them to make a positive contribution to their community by transitioning to further education, training or employment.

The South Portland setting is homely, class sizes are small and students and teachers build strong and supportive relationships that foster both social and academic growth and give the students the very best chance of achieving their personal goals.Here, the students tell in their own words what being part of this innovative educational environment has meant to them.

Reengagement Program Student Perspective

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Graduation former Student

 

Former Portland Secondary College student Heidi McGrath recently graduated with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University, Bundoora. Heidi is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

 

Graduation former PSC student

 

Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

 

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Campaign targets underage drinking

A covert operation to tackle underage drinking can now be revealed.

Posters featuring three brightly-coloured characters, Quirky, Daring and Funny, have been appearing across Glenelg Shire over recent weeks, popping up overnight in busy Portland streets.The campaign’s message was revealed at a series of youth events and forums last month, starting with the Blue Light Disco on June 17, and at school forums in Heywood and Portland on June 20 and 21.The campaign’s concept is simple: "You’re Enough" to have fun, and to be fun to be around, without alcohol.Speaking on behalf of the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Beyond the Bell group,

Portland Police youth resource officer Leading Senior Constable Lee-Anne Nelson said they wanted to send a positive message to people under 18 to believe in themselves and encourage them to resist peer pressure to drink alcohol."We are encouraging young people to defer their first drink, as we now know the significant harm from alcohol on the developing brain and the increased risk of mental health issues and future alcohol problems when young people start drinking at an early age," Ldg Snr Cnst Nelson said."We also know that when school-aged young people regularly drink alcohol, they are less likely to do well at school or to finish at all. We want all of Glenelg’s young people to reach their full potential."

Campaign targets underage drinking

 

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