Hobart Weekly News

hobart weekly news I TUESDAY, 14 MAY, 2024 5 Do you have a story you would like to share with us? Email your story and photos to editorial@hobartweeklynews.com.au Hobart Weekly News welcomes news contributions from the Hobart community. News can include celebrating a milestone, updates on your local club, sports results, school news, or your latest achievement. Hobart Weekly News wants to shine a light on the local news of Hobart and the southern communities. W16879 Coles has begun a state-wide rebranding of the 9/11 bottle shop chain they acquired recently. Federal Group sold all 9/11 stores in early 2024 for an undisclosed amount. Coles launched the first Liquorland store in Tasmania in August 2022, in the new supermarket at Glebe Hill Village. Rebranding plans have been lodged with the City of Hobart detailing changes to signage that Coles hopes to make as soon as possible. Coles Liquor CEO Michael Courtney said the acquisition demonstrates the confidence they have in Tasmania. “We’re looking forward to continuing on the great 9/11 legacy by supporting local suppliers and the community and providing great value and excellent service,” he said. All staff will be offered continued employment at the rebranded Liquorland outlets. Bottle shop rebranding The City of Hobart carried out a fuel reduction burn on Tolmans Hill in bushland between Woodcutters Road, Hakea and Pulchella drives on Tuesday, May 7. This burn was critical to protect homes immediately adjacent to blue gum and white peppermint forest. This forest has remained unburnt since the 1998 Ridgeway/Mt Nelson bushfire. Some smoke was produced during and after the burn, though every effort was made to minimise the impact on nearby areas. Tolmans Hill fuel reduction burn The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) announced on April 30 that they had commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Oak Tasmania for contraventions of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). It is alleged Oak Tasmania failed to comply with its conditions of registration and with the NDIS Code of Conduct when providing support and services safely and competently to some participants in its care. Some of the alleged incidents include failing to provide access to adequately trained support staff, failing to properly manage risks to participants, failing to properly administer medical devices and medication and failing to properly supervise an adolescent in their care. The NDIS Commission also alleges Oak Tasmania failed on more than 600 separate occasions to report incidents, including incidents that involved serious injury and neglect, within the required timeframes under the law. Acting NDIS Commissioner Michael Phelan said allegations of conduct impacting the safety of NDIS participants, including the failure to report incidents, are taken very seriously by the NDIS Commission. “The NDIS Code of Conduct applies to all providers and workers to keep everyone safe,” said Acting Commissioner Phelan. “Providers must ensure their staff are properly trained and that any injuries or harm suffered by participants are promptly reported to the NDIS Commission as required under the NDIS Rules. “The NDIS Commission will hold accountable any provider that does not comply with the law.” Disability Voices Tasmania (DVT) said they were alarmed to learn of the proceedings. “Whilst Disability Voices Tasmania is extremely distressed to hear that people with disability in Tasmania have been let down by one of Tasmania’s most well-known disability social enterprises, we are heartened to know that the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is taking real and decisive action to protect NDIS participants who rely on this service,” DVT said in a statement. “Disability Voices Tasmania has long argued for better training for workers, more disability involvement at executive and board level, stronger safeguards put in place and stronger regulatory oversight of services to protect Tasmanians with disability. “A poorly trained, casualised workforce can often result in poor quality service delivery and means that the people who pay for this are those that have to use the service. “Let this be a warning to all support services in Tasmania. “We expect better protection and outcomes for those most exposed to service and systemic failures in Tasmanian society.” The NDIS Commission is the national regulator of support and services provided to people with disability who participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). These powers include seeking civil penalties when a provider has allegedly failed to deliver support and services safely and competently, with care and skill. Leading care provider facing court On May 7, the Hobart Weekly Newsreported that land at Cornelian Bay Point had been leased to TasWater by the City of Hobart. TasWater must only bring clean fill to the site and will be responsible for restoring the land after the lease period.