Four arrested after pursuit in northern suburbs

Source: South Australia Police

Four people have been arrested after a pursuit with a stolen car in the northern suburbs.

Police will allege that about 3.20pm yesterday (Wednesday 1 December) a woman had parked her Range Rover station wagon at her home in Klemzig when she was approached by a man armed with a knife.

He threatened the woman, who had her two young children in the car with her.

He was accompanied by another man, who also stole personal property from the woman’s home, including a green Holden ute.

The victim and her children got out of the car, then the suspect drove off in the station wagon, while the other suspect drove off in the ute.

The woman and her children were not injured.

Just before 5am today (Thursday 2 December), witnesses reported seeing the green ute being parked in Oratanga Road, Modbury North. The suspect then covered the ute with a tarp before joining three other suspects in the stolen Range Rover which was nearby.

The station wagon then drove off, but was spotted by nearby patrols on Montague Road heading east about 10 minutes later. It was then pursued along other roads including Wright Road, Nelson Road and Kesters Road.

Road spikes were deployed but the station wagon managed to drive around them on Martins Road.

The stolen car then collided with a patrol car near the intersection of Whites Road and Diment Road at Salisbury North. A police officer inside the car suffered minor injuries.

The Range Rover was then abandoned and all four occupants were arrested.

A 25-year-old woman from Elizabeth Vale, a 20-year-old man from Nuriootpa, a 15-year-old boy from Hope Valley and a 19-year-old man from Mansfield Park will face numerous charges including aggravated robbery, illegal use of a motor vehicle and theft. It is expected that they will be refused bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court later today.

Turn up for Tassie and get vaccinated

Source: State of Tasmania Government

1 December 2021

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Our ongoing priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to keep our State safe and as we move closer to December 15, we are ensuring we have the safeguards in place to safely reopen.

We know we will see positive cases when we reopen, however, with high vaccination rates and baseline public health measures, we are ready, and we will be in a strong position to keep on top of COVID.

Vaccination continues to be the most important safeguard we have and our vaccine program continues to progress well, with around 93 per cent of eligible Tasmanians over the age of 12 having had at least one dose, and more than 86 per cent fully vaccinated.

We remain on track to hit our target of at least 90 per cent fully vaccinated for Tasmanians by the time we reopen, but with two weeks to go, Tasmanians must keep turning up – so please, protect yourself, your loved ones and your community by turning up and getting vaccinated.

And a reminder for those aged 18 and over, – if you want to work in or go to a pub or club this summer where there’s dancing and stand-up drinking, from December 6 for patrons and 15 December for staff, you’ll need to be vaccinated.

So the message for anyone over 18 and not yet fully vaccinated is clear- the world changes next week, so please don’t wait. Turn up, and get vaccinated.

In terms of mandatory vaccination, we will continue to take Public Health advice at every step, and Public Health is currently reviewing Child Care and Early learning settings, given the risk posed to staff in these environments.

All Government Departments, State Authorities, GBEs and State Owned Companies are also currently undertaking risk assessments under the WHS Act including consultation with staff, to make sure their COVID safety plans are still valid in the lead up to December 15.

Once finalised, arrangements for workplaces will be communicated to employees if COVID safety plans have changed, together with what those changes mean for them.

We will provide a full update on these arrangements later next week.

We are in a good place, and we will continue to keep Tasmanians informed at every step as we move closer to reopening our borders on December 15.

Welcoming summer at the Scottsdale Aquatic Centre

Source: State of Tasmania Government

Premier of Tasmania – Welcoming summer at the Scottsdale Aquatic Centre

1 December 2021

Peter Gutwein, Premier

The new Scottsdale Aquatic Centre is a great investment in sport and recreation in the north-eastern community and a very welcome addition on the first day of summer.

The newly opened Centre is a great example of what can be achieved when Local and State Governments work together.

Importantly, the vision for the re-imagined aquatic facility has been driven by the Council in tandem with the community.

Increasing Tasmanians’ participation in sport and physical activity is an important objective of the Tasmanian Government. Investing in high-quality facilities for more Tasmanians to be active supports this goal.

We are proud to have contributed $3 million to this important sporting precinct (including $2.9 million towards the aquatic centre with a small portion going towards upgrades to nearby netball facilities), along with the Dorset Council’s investment of $4 million.

Congratulations to the Dorset Council for undertaking such a significant investment on behalf of its community.

This facility is free to the public and will provide great benefit for future generations to enjoy.

Vietnamese institution seeking online delivery partners for undergraduate programs and short courses

Source: Australia Government – AusTrade

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Fresh Tassie produce from Hobart to Hong Kong

Source: Australia Government – AusTrade

1 December 2021

Tasmania’s world-class fresh produce will again be flown across the world to key Asian markets. This is thanks to a seasonal freight service by Cathay Pacific which resumed this week.

The service is operated on an Airbus A350-900 cargo-only passenger plane. The first flight of the service departed Hobart for Hong Kong on Monday evening. It carried a variety of fresh Tasmanian produce, including live lobsters and abalone.

The seasonal service will operate up to four times a week. It will transport highly perishable produce including seafood, cherries and lettuce to key Asian markets. These include:

  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • the Philippines.

This is the second year of Cathay Pacific’s seasonal cargo service. It is the first non-charter international carrier to operate a cargo service direct from Hobart since 1998. 

Cathay Pacific Head of Cargo for Southwest Pacific Nigel Chynoweth says the service would provide a valuable link for exporters from Hobart to Asia.

‘The resumption of this service shows Cathay Pacific’s continued support of local Australian exporters,’ Chynoweth says. ‘It facilitates the movement of a wide range of fresh produce from Tasmania to various parts of Asia via Hong Kong, one of the world’s busiest cargo logistics hubs.

‘The seasonal flight will operate up to 4 times a week until February next year.’

Service a boost for exporters

Austrade’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) freight controller, Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib, says the continuation of the service would be a significant boost for Tasmania.

‘This provides access through Hong Kong to a wide range of connecting international destinations in Southeast and Northern Asia,’ Air Vice-Marshal Staib says.

‘At IFAM, we are committed to rebuilding global air supply chains and helping Australian businesses and the airfreighting sector as they adjust to the COVID-19 environment.  

‘The resumption of this seasonal service is a great example of the industry standing on its own two feet and looking to the future, as programs like IFAM will not be around forever.’

Flights a game-changer

Cherry grower Reid Fruits Marketing and Sales Manage Tony Coad says the flights were valuable to the industry last season. He was excited to see them return.  

‘The flights were a game-changer last season,’ says Coad. ‘We look forward to using the service again this year.’

‘Demand for Tasmanian cherries has remained strong in our markets across Asia, where they are highly regarded for their premium quality.’

International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM)

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is a temporary, targeted, emergency support measure put in place by the Australian Government to keep global air links open in response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New legislation to protect consumers and support competition

Source: Australian Ministers for Regional Development

The Morrison Government has today secured the passage of the Telstra Corporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, guaranteeing that important consumer outcomes continue to be delivered regardless of how Telstra structures itself, both now and in the future through a flexible regulatory framework.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said while there have been significant changes in the telecommunications industry over the past decade, Telstra continues to play a key role in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia.

“Telstra’s role has long been underpinned by a range of regulated consumer safeguards, including the Universal Service Obligation, Priority Assistance, and the Triple Zero Emergency Call Service,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The importance of these obligations have been emphasised during COVID-19 lock‑downs, natural disasters, and also in submissions to the 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review.

“This Bill ensures that, irrespective of changes to Telstra’s structure, regulatory obligations that protect consumers and promote competition are maintained.”

Minister Fletcher said the provisions were focussed on ensuring current consumer safeguard laws are adapted to Telstra’s new structure, improving transparency, and closing a loophole that may have carried a cost for consumers.

“First, the Bill has a set of provisions to ensure that existing legislative and regulatory safeguards, such as the Universal  Service Obligation, are appropriately repointed to the proposed new Telstra structure,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This is backed up by new transparency and direction powers, so the community can have confidence that Telstra is keeping in place contractual arrangements that deliver the outcomes required of it.

“Second, the Bill closes a loophole that may have reduced the effectiveness of the facilities access regime, which is a vital mechanism to ensure competition and improved consumer outcomes.”

For a detailed summary of the Bill, please visit Telstra Corporation and other legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Tasmanians pay lowest third party insurance in the nation

Source: State of Tasmania Government

1 December 2021

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Tasmanian motorists continue to enjoy the lowest compulsory third party insurance premiums of all states and territories.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to reducing cost of living pressures and motorists will this year benefit from no general premium increases from 1 December 2021.

This follows a four per cent general decrease to premiums the previous year, and reflects ongoing safety improvements on our roads, increased education campaigns, as well as enforcement activities.

It means that for a standard four-cylinder car, the annual Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) premium remains at $282, less than it was back in 2001, and well below the highest premiums in the country at $575.

In real terms, relative to average wage earnings, the MAIB premium for a standard car has reduced by more than 50 per cent over the past decade.

This is despite the MAIB scheme providing arguably the best overall no-fault benefits to those injured through motor vehicle crashes, as well as achieving consistently high client satisfaction.

Pensioners and Health Care Card Holders continue to receive a 20 per cent discount on motor car and light goods vehicle premiums.

The MAIB’s consistently low premiums assist in cost of living pressures, in addition to the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s introduction this year of quarterly vehicle registration payments to assist Tasmanians with bill smoothing.

The MAIB is well positioned in terms of its long-term financial position, and consistently provides strong returns to Government as well as ensuring those who are injured in crashes are provided appropriate care and support, on a no fault basis.

The organisation is once again to be congratulated on this excellent outcome for Tasmanian drivers and families.

Supporting GPs and community pharmacies to be COVID-ready

Source: State of Tasmania Government

1 December 2021

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Health

As part of our reopening plan, we are equipping GPs and community pharmacies with additional support so that they can remain open to the Tasmanian community when COVID-19 arrives in our State.

We know that with a highly vaccinated population, the majority of COVID-19 positive people will experience low-to-mild symptoms and won’t require hospitalisation.

Through our COVID@home program, GPs and community pharmacies will play a vital part in supporting the recovery of those who test positive to COVID-19 in their home setting and will be key to providing ongoing care for people’s usual care needs including medication management.

That’s why we are supporting GPs to work with us – so that they can keep their doors open and see patients in the community when that’s the right setting for them.  This includes patients with respiratory symptoms.

To do that, our GPs and their clinic staff will have clear guidelines to follow when a positive patient is seen in their clinic and understand what impact that has on the ongoing running of their clinic. Adequate and appropriate PPE is an important part of this.

This is why today we have announced that we are extending the Primary Healthcare Grant with an additional $2 million to ensure GPs and community pharmacies are COVID-ready as we reopen our borders.

This grant will be delivered through Primary Health Tasmania to:

  • support GPs to assess and manage all patients over the coming months – including those with respiratory symptoms – through the provision of additional PPE as well as funding support for partnering in our COVID@Home model; and
  • support community pharmacies to maintain PPE Supplies and to facilitate the home delivery of medication to vulnerable clients.

Importantly, this will mean that our smaller, suburban or rural GPs will be able to remain open to continue to provide expert patient care as we reopen the border.

Providing a transitional partnering payment to GPs will appropriately recognise the time that may be required to extract and provide information to the COVID@Home team for patients who consent to participate.

Collaboration and engagement with GPs and community care partners is a critical component of the COVID@Home program, and we will continue to work with primary care and GPs, particularly to assess if and when our care models need to adapt and change to provide care in particular for the low-risk patients.

Cream of the crop: Woolworths names Chobani and sustainable veg grower as top suppliers – Woolworths Group

Source: Woolworths Limited

Wednesday, 1 December 2021: Woolworths has named its top suppliers in its annual Supplier of the Year Awards, with popular yoghurt brand Chobani taking out the top gong and family-owned Mulgowie Farming Company recognised as Sustainability Supplier of the Year.

Chobani was awarded Overall Supplier of the Year, while also taking out the Chilled category for its ongoing commitment to delighting customers and delivering market-leading new formats like its Gippsland Dairy Mix-ins, exclusive to Woolworths. 

Woolworths Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Harker said: “Chobani isn’t afraid to do things differently, whether it be creating new formats to meet our customers’ changing needs, or problem solving to ensure reliable supply through the challenges of the pandemic. We’re proud to share a dedication to creating better experiences everyday with this leading brand.” 

The Sustainability Supplier of the Year went to Mulgowie Farming Company, whose focus on improving soil health not only cares for and regenerates the land, but increases the resilience of crops and enables sequestration of carbon into the soil. 

Hailing from Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, family-owned Mulgowie has partnered with Woolworths for almost 40 years, supplying sweet corn and green beans. This year it became the first vegetable grower in Australia to generate Carbon Inset Credits certified to the International Organisation for Standards requirements. The business was also awarded Fruit and Veg Supplier of the Year.

Paul Harker added: “The Mulgowie team are true stewards of the land, planting the seeds for a better tomorrow. Not only are they lifting the bar for sustainable farming, but they’re also delivering quality fresh vegetables and more weather-resilient crops so our customers can enjoy their incredible produce year-round.”

The awards ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of Woolworths’ Supplier of the Year Awards, and included special recognition awards for those who have shaped categories and relationships over the last two decades as the retailer continues to invest in long-term partnerships.

Smallgoods supplier D’Orsogna took out two of these awards, recognised as a partner that has consistently worked with Woolworths to deliver quality deli products that meet the changing needs of customers over the years. The business was awarded 20-year Significant Contribution as both a company and for D’Orsogna Account Manager, Colin Sullivan – one of the longest serving current Woolworths account managers of any supplier. 

Colin Sullivan shared the award with Felice Testini, owner of Trade Partners, who has launched 28 products in Woolworths stores since 1999 and is renowned for his passion and knack for bringing new products to the shelf.

Paul Harker concluded: “Every week we serve millions of Australians in communities across the country, and none of it would be possible without the teamwork that takes place between our team and our suppliers. 

“It’s the people behind these businesses, from growers to account managers, who work alongside us each day to deliver great products to our customers. Their dedication has persisted through the most challenging of situations, as we’ve seen over the pandemic.

“This year marks two decades of celebrating our suppliers – big and small – in this special annual event, and we’re proud to be championing those who’ve made an enduring impact on our business and truly represent what it means to be better together.

“Thank you to all our suppliers for your ongoing partnership and support in 2021 and beyond.”

– ENDS –

 

The Woolworths Supplier of the Year Awards recognised partners across a range of categories:

  • Overall Supplier of the Year: Chobani
  • Chilled Supplier of the Year: Chobani
  • Sustainability Supplier of the Year: Mulgowie Farming Company
  • Fruit & Veg Supplier of the Year: Mulgowie Farming Company
  • New Product Launch of the Year: Avalanche Bubble Tea    
  • Supply Partner of the Year: Allied Pinnacle 
  • Woolworths Food Company Supplier of the Year: PM Fresh Pty Ltd        
  • Meat/Seafood Supplier of the Year: Supafin Seafoods
  • Grocery Food – Large Supplier of the Year: Gourmet Food
  • Grocery Food – Small Supplier of the Year: Sealord
  • Everyday Needs – Large Supplier of the Year: Reckitt Hygiene
  • Everyday Needs – Small/Med Supplier of the Year: MCoBeauty
  • Cartology Campaign of the Year: Dettol/Reckitt Health
  • Account Manager of the Year: Matt Anderson (McCain)
  • Woolworths Category Manager of the Year: Alok Vaidya (Cheese)
  • Integrated Supply Partner of the Year: Oscar Leonor (Energizer)

To celebrate the contribution of key supply partners over the last two decades, the following awards recognised the long-term impact of brands, people and products: 

  • 20-Year Significant contribution – Company: D’Orsogna
  • 20-Year Significant contribution – Account Manager: Colin Sullivan (D’Orsogna) and Felice Testini (Trade Partners)
  • Category-changing Product of the Last 20 Years: Broccolini – Perfection Fresh

 

For further information, contact Woolworths Media: 02 8885 1033 or media@woolworths.com.au

TGA Provisional Approval of Roche Products Pty Ltd COVID-19 treatment, tocilizumab (ACTEMRA)

Source: Australian Department of Health

On 1 December 2021, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted provisional approval to Roche Products Pty Ltd for the use of tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) for the treatment of COVID-19. This is the fourth COVID-19 treatment to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) is already approved and included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for use in the treatment of various types of arthritis and inflammatory conditions.

This monoclonal antibody treatment is now also provisionally approved for the intravenous treatment of confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalised adults aged 18 years and older who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) is not intended to be used as a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.

Unlike other COVID-19 treatments, tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) does not directly target SARS-CoV-2 proteins. Instead, it reduces inflammation by blocking the interleukin-6 receptor, thereby helping to slow the effects of the virus. Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) has been shown to decrease duration of hospitalisation, risk of being placed on mechanical ventilation and risk of death for those with severe COVID-19.

The TGA’s decision has been made on the basis of short-term efficacy and safety data. Continued approval of this indication depends on the evidence of longer-term efficacy and safety from ongoing clinical trials and post-market assessment.

To date, tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) has been granted emergency use authorisation in the United States.

Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) products have been in global shortage since July 2021 and supply is expected to stabilise in early 2022. The TGA has been working closely with the Medicine Availability Working Group, States and Territories, the Australian Rheumatology Association, Arthritis Australia, Medicines Australia, the manufacturer (Roche) and the National Pharmaceutical Services Association and other pharmaceutical wholesalers to manage the supply of tocilizumab for the existing TGA approved indications. Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) for the treatment of COVID has been procured by states and territories for supply to patients in public hospitals and the Department of Health will continue to work closely with jurisdictions to manage supply.

Australians can be confident that the TGA’s review process of tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) was rigorous. The decision to provisionally approve this treatment was also informed by expert advice from the Advisory Committee on Medicines, an independent committee with expertise in scientific and medical fields including consumer representation.

The TGA continues to work very closely with international regulators to harmonise regulatory approaches, share information and where it speeds up evaluation, collaboratively review new treatments.