FROM now on, you won't be able to spot Lismore City Council tradies by their knobbly knees and brown legs - the era of wearing shorts on the job has come to an end. Since new Work Health Safety provisions came into force last September, council has been on a slow but sure path to lengthening leg lengths and widening hat brims to ensure outdoor staff are safe from the sun's harmful UV rays.
"It means the ladies won't be able to check out council workers legs anymore," council's supply officer Rod Thistleton laughed. "It's a generation change and the way of the future - some of the guys don't want to wear long pants in the sun because it's hot, but it's a melanoma issue."
With the outdoor staff now wearing trousers with long legs, Rod had 200 pairs of brand new shorts worth $4000 that couldn't be worn. Rod made it his mission to see the shorts donated to Lifeline and even organised to have the LCC logos hand picked off each pair. After a council vote to see the shorts on their way, the shorts were delivered to Lifeline's Lismore distribution centre this week. Lifeline Northern Rivers Counselling Centre Manager Niall Mulligan said the shorts will be appearing soon in Lifeline shops around the Northern Rivers region and he expects them to sell quickly.
All money from Lifeline sales goes towards the upkeep of its life-saving community initiatives such as the 24-hour 13 11 14 telephone crisis support service.
"It's a great opportunity to get quality clothing at a competitive price and recycle something that would have otherwise gone to the tip, as well as save lives," Niall said.
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