No change on the horizon for pilots

A SPATE of recent accidents involving ships under pilotage in Australian waters, including two off the WA coast in the past month, and the increasing litigiousness of ship owners is prompting a rethink of the rules ship pilots operate under. However, it is understood the WA Government has no plans to tighten the regulations marine pilots operate under. In the past there have been several incidents involving ships under pilotage where the ship owners of the damaged vessels have sued the ports. Full report, page 4.

Survival forces safety innovation

SOME may call it crazy, others may call it entrepreneurial, but for an Armadale family more than three years of pain-staking and expensive research and development work has been a matter of survival. For the past three years, Terpstra Enterprises, run since 1991 by Steven Terpstra and his sons Steve and Henk, have been developing a safer saw for their wall chasing business. Wall chasing relates to the cutting of grooves into walls. Full report, Page 5

Honour proves a tenuous concept

MORE One Nation than Australian Democrat votes elected disgruntled WA Democrat Senator Andrew Murray at the last election. Despite this, many Democrat party machine activists claim his seat belongs to the Democrats, rather than to Murray. During the imbroglio between Senators Meg Lees/Andrew Murray and former party leader Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Senator Stott Despoja constantly claimed their seats were party property, a view even Labor leader Simon Crean endorsed. Full report, Page 9

Listening to the Big Apple

ON July 20, 5,000 citizens from New York and surrounds gathered in Manhattan to consider six concept plans for the rebuilding of Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan, following the terrorist attacks of September 11 last year. Decision-makers were looking for direction in their planning for the site; participants wanted to be heard; and facilitators worked to achieve both. I was one of the 500 volunteer facilitators, and the only Australian, selected to work at the event. The experience was both overwhelming and a privilege. Overwhelming in size alone. It was overwhelming to be working in a building that covered five city blocks, in an auditorium that seated 5,500 people around tables, and had a central raised stage for the lead facilitator and presentations from experts. Full report, Page 11

Energy flow gets NW businesses talking

THE North West Shelf venture’s Guangdong LNG supply contract has remained a definitive talking point within business circles.But the talk has moved on from the initial economic optimism. Flow-on benefits – and to whom – are being debated, as are other issues surrounding large-scale development for the region, and NWS LNG venture operator Woodside Energy has been damping down some of the project-specific job creation figures bandied about. Full report, Page 12

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