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									                                                      ‘Empowering disadvantaged people to become
                                                         active and equal citizens of our society’

  The Official Newsletter of Oak Tasmania                                                           •ISSUE 01 - February 2009

Photographers prove disability is not inability

Ms Anne Glover (right), presents her photograph to Minister for Human Services, Ms Lin Thorp MLC. Ms Glover’s
photograph now hangs prominently above Ms Thorpe’s desk in her Ministerial offices in Hobart.

A superb photograph taken by Ms           taking a photo. The quality of the
Anne Glover, a participant of Oak         images being captured is always
Tasmania’s Photographic Program,          improving with many participants         Inside this issue...
has been presented to Minister for        producing a higher standard of work
Community Services, Ms Lin Thorp,         now than they did at the beginning of    ILT’s Photography Program....................1
MLC.                                      the Program,” said Jillian.
The Photography Program is the            To celebrate International Day of        Message from the CEO..........................2
brain child of support workers at Oak     People with Disability (IDPwD), 20
Tasmania’s Independent Living and         photographs (all taken by supported      Celebrating 20 years of Training................2
Training Centre (ILT) in North Hobart.    clients) were framed and put on public
Disability support worker Jillian Wise    exhibition – to extremely favourable     TLC – Going from strength to strength.....3
said the Program began in early           reviews.
                                                                                   Environmental Stewardship.......................4
2008 teaching individuals the basics      The success of the Photographic
of photography and equipping them         Exhibition has seen an increase in       New auspicing role for Oak Tasmania.....5
with the skills to use digital cameras.   the number of clients interested in
“The program began with an                learning photography, resulting in       Manager receives national recognition.....6
introduction to photography where         the photography program being
the group discussed topics such as        extended to two days per week. The       Teamwork ensures demand is met..............6
lighting, props, looking at objects       program will be split into a beginners
from different angles, and the rule of    class, and an advanced class for         Welcome to new Board Member................7
thirds.                                   those who participated in last year’s
“The photography group continues          program.                                 Vale – Barry Smith.................................8
to demonstrate their new-found            To view more of the superb
knowledge and skill, taking many          photographs taken by clients at ILT,
factors into consideration before         visit

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 •ISSUE 01 - February 2009

From the CEO                                                                                                  each of our Divisions has
                                                                                                              a detailed Business Plan.
                                                                                                              Our governance, policies,
Welcome to the first edition         on Divisional websites that                                              strategies and procedures will
of Oak Tasmania’s corporate          are required to meet specific                                            help us weather the storm,
Newsletter. It has been one of       outcomes.                                                                but some belt tightening will
my visions for the future that we    2009 has already started with                                            inevitably occur.       However,
have a mechanism with which          a bang! We have taken on a                                               even during a period of gloom
to share our organisational          new role by auspicing Chance                                             there are always opportunities
successes and achievements,          on Main (see story this issue).                                          for growth and it is imperative
recognise and celebrate the          This meets one our Strategic                                             that Oak Tasmania positions
achievements of our staff            goals in embracing people                                                itself at the forefront of service
and clients, and to provide          who are ‘disadvantaged’.             Towards the end of 2008 the         delivery.
information         about     the    We have also undertaken              grey clouds of international        I am sure that our dedicated
organisation and its goals.          a ‘gap analysis’ in order            economic uncertainty began          staff will work as a team to
I see the Newsletter as an           to achieve an independent            to impact on Australia. In          ensure that we remain at the
important communications tool        quality certification.       We      Tasmania it is clear that we will   forefront as a major high
for staff, clients & stakeholders.   will be striving towards ISO         be affected by world events.        quality service provider in
The new corporate website has        9001: 2008 in the coming 12          It has always been my view          Tasmania
also been completed and is           months. Quality certification        that planning for the future        I look forward to working with
now live – you can access the        is a key issue identified in the     will help the organisation          each and every one of you in
site by clicking on www.oak.         KPMG Review of Tasmanian             in the long term. We have a         the challenging year ahead. We are still working          Disability Services.                 Strategic Plan to 2012 and          John Paton CEO

Oak Training & Development Services’ 20th Anniversary
Oak Training & Development           delivery of practical training       Services provide expertise          external Australian Disability
Services is celebrating 20           programmes is as important           and      support     to       the   Enterprises.
years of training Tasmanians.        now, as it was 20 years ago.         Tasmanian Polytechnic and           Information on Oak Training
A Division of Oak Tasmania,          “We have always provided             Tasmanian     Skills    Institute   & Development Services is
Oak Training & Development           accredited training, which is        (formerly TAFE Tasmania);           available by contacting Mr
Services delivered its’ first        vital to the educational and         agricultural and horticultural      Chris Clark on 0417 569 163,
nationally accredited training       future employment success of         sectors in Tasmania; Youth          or visit
program on December 12,              our participants, however one        Futures;    TOPQUAL;         and
1988 in the Huon Valley, South       of our strengths is the ability to
of Hobart.                           adapt training packages to an
Oak Training & Development           individual’s needs and those of
Services is a Registered             his or her employer.
Training Organisation (RTO)           “We have the currency to impart
that provides internal training      the necessary knowledge and
for supported employees and          up-to-date industry practices
staff across all Divisions of Oak    because      Oak       Tasmania
Tasmania, as well as training        operates     a     number       of
and assessment services to           successful business enterprises.
external organisations by using      Our Technical Trainer, Sarah
State funding contracts and on       Reeve, has come from a senior
a ‘fee for service’ basis.           position with a major stone
Training Manager Chris Clark         fruit grower, and her practical
has been running Oak Training        expertise is typical of the
and Development Services             staffing we look for.”               Mr Chris Clark (right), delivering a training program
since 1998, and says that the        Oak Training & Development           to Walkabout Industries’ employee Mr Merv Branch.

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                                                                                                                  •ISSUE 01 - February 2009
‘High Commendation’ for TLC Manager
Manager of Oak Tasmania’s             technique and pace to meet
Technology Learning Centre            the ability of the client. He
(TLC), Mr Graeme Finlayson,           is attuned to the needs of his
has been highly commended             staff and his example results in
for his work as part of the           others following his lead,” said
inaugural Alex Tubb Young             Oak Tasmania CEO Mr John
Worker Award – a joint project        Paton.
by National Disability Services       Mr Finlayson said he viewed
(NDS) Tasmania and the                his Award as a ‘significant
Australasian Society for the          achievement’ because of the
Study of Intellectual Disability      approach, beliefs and values
(ASSID) recognising outstanding       of the man whose name adorns
leadership by workers in the          the Award.
Tasmanian Disability sector.          “Several people have informed
Mr Finlayson was presented with       me that Alex Tubb would
his certificate in recognition of     have been interested and
his work in the area of computer      impressed with the work we are          Mr Alex Tubb’s son Mr Owen Tubb (left), presents
support and training for people       doing in the area of training           Oak Tasmania’s TLC Manager Mr Graeme Finlayson
who are disadvantaged, and            opportunities for people who            with his High Commendation Award.
was one of five disability sector     are disadvantaged, and he
                                                                              they help create the culture at      Information on TLC’s programs
workers who were commended            would have approved of me
for their work.                       receiving the Award.                    the centre, which is inspiring       and services can be obtained
“Graeme shows flexibility             “I would like to thank the              and delightful. Without them,        by contacting Mr Finlayson on
in meeting clients’ needs by          participants who attend the             the centre wouldn’t be what it       (03)6274 1211 or visiting
altering programs, teaching           Technology Learning Centre as           is today!”                 

New IT Program a win                                                          Community Fund and the purchase
                                                                              of four replacement computers by
                                                                                                                   students and public access. After
                                                                                                                   4.00pm weekdays, there will be
for Glenorchy Residents                                                       Oak Tasmania will provide an
                                                                              additional 560 hours of computer
                                                                                                                   15 computers available at the
                                                                                                                   centre for public access.”
                                                                              access per week for residents and    Mr Finlayson said the technology
A successful grant application to     restorative program Chance              students of Glenorchy,” said TLC     upgrade also includes a new
the Tasmanian Community Fund          on Main, and the Technology             Manager Mr Graeme Finlayson.         server, printer and ancillary
by Oak Tasmania’s Technology          Learning Centre. The aim of the         “Between the hours of 8.30am         equipment ‘that will help take the
Learning Centre (TLC) will see the    project is to work collaboratively      and 4.00pm weekdays, there will      strain away from the Glenorchy
implementation of much-needed         with up to 25 students to increase      be five dedicated computers for      Online Access Centre.’
programs for residents and            their IT knowledge and skills which
students in the Glenorchy area.       will increase the potential for them
The grant, totalling $55,000 will     to continue further education
fund the Connect-ability Program      and training. The outcomes will
and a program to engage students      provide lasting positive benefits for
‘at risk’ of disengaging from         participants and the community.
school. Both programs will be run     The other project, known as
from TLC’s existing Eady Street       Connect-ability, will provide
premises. The grant will enable the   computer access to the residents
purchase of new equipment and         of Glenorchy for a minimal fee
fund a paid Project Management        – much like an internet cafe.
position to oversee the running of    According to the Australian
the programs. The centre will also    Bureau of Statistics, Glenorchy
extend its’ operating hours.          has some of the lowest rates of
The project for ‘at risk’ students    computer ownership and internet
is a partnership between local        access in Tasmania.
high schools, the successful youth    “The grant from the Tasmanian           New programs at TLC will benefit residents of Glenorchy.

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 •ISSUE 01 - February 2009

alive and well at
Oak Tasmania
Mailhouse Tasmania is leading    more environmentally pro-
the State in environmental       active, we could offer a service
stewardship since adopting       to our existing clients that
a 100 per cent degradable        not only met – but surpassed
plastic wrapping product for     their     own     environmental
business.                        expectations.
Divisional           Manager     “The feedback from our clients
Russell Stevens said many        has been one of overwhelming
clients    requested   plastic   support of our adoption of a
weatherproofing for their        100 per cent degradable
mail and publications, and it    plastic in our wrapping process,
was important for Mailhouse      and we use Biowrap solely for
                                                                    Preparing magazines for distribution at Mailhouse
Tasmania to offer services       all our mail wrapping needs.”
                                                                    Tasmania’s Glenorchy facility.
and products that satisfy          Mr Stevens said Mailhouse
their clients’ environmental     Tasmania is the only business      but it also sends a very clear    talking the talk.”
expectations.                    of its type in Tasmania using      message to their clients – the    Mr Stevens said Biowrap was
“Environmental stewardship       Biowrap entirely in its’ mail      end recipients who receive mail   developed by scientists who
has always been a corporate      wrapping process, offering         weatherproofed in Biowrap. It     introduced a pro-degradent
objective     at    Mailhouse    clients a clear environmental      says that Mailhouse Tasmania      into the plastic wrap during the
Tasmania and we found that       advantage.                         and the companies who use         standard production process,
by changing our internal         “Certainly our use of Biowrap      our services are walking the      resulting in the plastic wrapping
procedures and becoming          sits very well with our clients,   environmental walk – not just     breaking down totally into
                                                                                                      water, carbon dioxide and a
                                                                                                      small amount of biomass after
                                                                                                      six months.
                                                                                                      Mailhouse Tasmania can
                                                                                                      plastic     wrap      magazines,
                                                                                                      journals and newspapers at a
                                                                                                      rate of 5000 per hour using
                                                                                                      Biowrap, and Mr Stevens
                                                                                                      welcomes enquiries from
                                                                                                      clients who are looking for
                                                                                                      environmentally responsible
                                                                                                      solutions      to    their   mail
                                                                                                      processing requirements. He
                                                                                                      can be contacted on (03)6271
                                                                                                      0400. To find out more about
Biowrap is a 100% bio-degradable plastic wrap available exclusively in Tasmania                       Mailhouse Tasmania visit
from Mailhouse Tasmania.                                                                    

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                                                                                                                      •ISSUE 01 - February 2009

New auspicing role
for Oak Tasmania
On January 1 this year, Oak               “The tender process for an auspice
Tasmania became the auspicing            organisation was completed in July
body for the successful youth            2008, with Oak Tasmania being
diversionary     and       restorative   the successful tender and taking
program, Chance on Main. This            over responsibility for the ongoing
important partnership provides           management and administration
an increased level of support for        of Chance on Main on 1 January
staff and participants of Chance         2009.
on Main, whilst strengthening            “Our vision is to auspice
Oak Tasmania’s significant role in       organisations that work with          Pictured left to right; Mr Geoff Cumberland Program
delivering outcomes that improve         disadvantaged           Tasmanians,   Coordinator, Chance on Main, Participants Dylan Munnings
the State’s social infrastructure.       assist them to build capacity by      & Dylan Phillips, and Metaland Manager, Mr Greg Allie.
Oak Tasmania CEO Mr John                 offering our expertise in HR, IR,     Mr Allie was presented with the skeleton in appreciation
Paton said the partnership was           payroll, research, marketing and      of his company’s support of Chance on Main.
established after the steering           governance, while ensuring our
committee invited a number of not        partner organisations retain their    19 years who are often seen as          obtaining traineeships or returning
for profit organisations to submit       identity and uniqueness.”             ‘high risk’ by mainstream service       to school. In the first 22 months of
a tender to replace the Glenorchy        Chance on Main (CHoM) works           providers and are often the source      operation 82 per cent of participants
City Council as the auspice.             with young people aged 10-            of much concern for police,             did not re-offended from the time
                                                                               education and health personnel.         they entered the program – a trend
                                                                               Many are at risk of entering the        that is continuing today.
                                                                               juvenile justice system, disengaging    A successful submission to round
                                                                               from school or training programs,       17 of the Tasmanian Community
                                                                               or experiencing difficulties living     Fund resulted in a grant which
                                                                               with their family.                      will ensure the survival of Chance
                                                                               Using restorative practices, CHoM       on Main up until June 30, 2009.
                                                                               supports young people to develop        However it is vital that recurrent
                                                                               life and decision making skills,        funding is established to avoid the
                                                                               increase academic competence            demise of the Program.
                                                                               and job readiness. It also improves     A submission has been made to the
                                                                               the health and wellbeing of young       Tasmanian Government’s 2009
                                                                               people involved in the program          – 2010 State Budget Process,
Participants in the Heavy Metal Program learn a                                through offering opportunities          with a view to securing recurrent,
range of skills linked to the metal trades area in a                           to address issues of anger              indexed funding for Chance on
safe and supportive workshop environment.                                      management, mental health,              Main. The submission also outlined
                                                                               nutrition, alcohol and drug use         Oak Tasmania’s strategic plan to
                                                                               and sexual health.                      expand the program state-wide
                                                                               No other organisation is working        into the Disability, Child, Youth and
                                                                               specifically with this target group     Family Services Area Boundaries
                                                                               in the City of Glenorchy using the      (North-West, North, South-East
                                                                               methods employed by Chance              and South-West Tasmania)
                                                                               on Main. Participants show an           For more information, contact
                                                                               improved sense of well-being,           Chance on Main’s Operations
                                                                               improved communication and              Manager Mike Duval-Stewart on
                                                                               relationships with others and           (03) 6272 2023, or visit
                                                                               tangible life changes, for example;

                                                                                     Chance on Main Mission Statement
                                                                                               Your Chance, Make the Choice.
Programs such as Chix @ Risk and Artworks provide
                                                                                 To give young people at risk the opportunity to discover their skills and
intervention and mentoring for young people, and
                                                                                 abilities and to support them in their journey along the pathways to
allow participants to express themselves through                                 achieving their potential.
various forms of artwork.

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 •ISSUE 01 - February 2009

Divisional Manager
receives national
Divisional     Manager        of   Australia’s most well-respected
Oakdale Industries, John           timber merchants.
Hollis, was recently awarded       “John is never one to take
the title of Vanguard by the       credit for the exceptional
Australian Timber Flooring         quality of product and levels
Association (ATFA) at its Annual   of customer service clients
Convention in Melbourne.           receive when they deal with
Mr Hollis was presented            Oakdale Industries, however
with his award in front of         his many years of experience in
                                                                     Oakdale Industries Divisional Manager Mr John
180 industry leaders from          the timber industry combined
                                                                     Hollis (left), accepts his award from ATFA Vice
around the country at ATFA’s       with the level of care he has
                                                                     President Mr Malcolm Johnston.
Annual Dinner. The dinner          for his staff and his ‘can do’
marked the end of a two-           attitude, form the foundation
day exhibition and education       of Oakdale Industries’ success,
conference at the Melbourne        and I congratulate him on his
Exhibition Centre. More than       achievement.”
50 companies took part in the      ATFA Chief Executive Officer,
trade-only exhibition which is     Mr Randy Flierman, said
billed as the only dedicated,      Vanguard status is only
large-scale timber flooring        awarded to those who annually
event in Australasia.              provide      a    considerable
Oak Tasmania Chief Executive       contribution to the industry,
Officer, Mr John Paton, said       demonstrate a commitment to
that John’s leadership qualities   ongoing training, professional
and his passion for the timber     development,       and     who    Oakdale Industries was one of more than 50
industry    ensure     Oakdale     demonstrate a level of            exhibitors at the ATFA Annual Conference held at
                                                                     the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Industries remains one of          experience commensurate with
                                                                     attaining such a reward.             members, of which Mr Hollis is
                                                                     “John is a role model in             the only one to have attained
                                                                     Tasmania and nationally for his      the level of Vanguard.
                                                                     passionate care for the industry     Oakdale Industries is based in
                                                                     and unrelenting commitment           Warrane on Hobart’s Eastern
                                                                     to professionalism and quality.      Shore and supplies T & G
                                                                     He is always willing to assist       strip flooring, overlay flooring,
                                                                     the industry’s growth in any         parquetry flooring, DAR &
                                                                     way.”                                mouldings,       door     jambs,
                                                                     ATFA has an accreditation            contract machining and craft
                                                                     system which reflects the            and joinery products. Sales
                                                                     credentials of each member. It       enquiries can be directed to
                                                                     is a points-based system where       Mr Hollis on (03)6244 2277.
Oakdale Industries’ Mr John Hollis (left) and Mr                     members must demonstrate             Further information about
Michael Flanagan (right) attend to their eye-                        their points for any given level     Oakdale Industries can be
catching product display at the ATFA Annual                          to retain or increase it annually.   obtained by visiting
Convention in Melbourne.                                             Tasmania has 10 ATFA       

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Team work ensures demand is met
Walkabout Industries is          Australian Standard AS
meeting unprecedented            3743.”
demand for its’ branded          Mr Geeves is quick to
potting mix – thanks to          point out that meeting
its’ dedicated workforce         the increased demand
and the delivery of a            is due to the efforts of
brand new mixer.                 Walkabout      Industries’
Purchased from CEA               dedicated workforce.
Consolidated Industries          “We have 35 employees
in Victoria, the new             and several supervisory
mixer       replaced        a    staff who ensure the
hopper        that       had     consistent delivery of
sustained damage to its          high-quality    products
barrel. It was carefully                                                        The new mixer is carefully manoeuvred
manoeuvred into place                                                           into place at Walkabout Industries’
beside the existing mixer                                                       Glenorchy site.
at Walkabout Industries’                                                        and customer service.            products.
Glenorchy site before                                                                                            Mr Geeves said more
                                                                                “This     is     why       we
electricians completed                                                                                           than 120,000 bags of
                                                                                continue to have strong
the installation.                                                                                                Walkabout      Industries’
                                                                                relationships with K&D
The mixer will allow                                                                                             potting       soil      are
                                                                                Warehouse Mitre 10,
Walkabout Industries to                                                                                          distributed    throughout
meet increased demand                                                           John Clennetts Mitre
                                                                                                                 the State per annum,
for its’ potting mix,                                                           10, and Waratah who
                                                                                                                 and       production     is
which is sold through                                                           distribute      the      Yates
                                                                                                                 audited annually by SAI
a number of local and                                                           branded        potting    mix
                                 Heerey Electrical complete the installation.                                    Global.
national retailers.              Walkabout Industries has invested more         throughout the State,            To find out more about
“We have seen an eight           than $60,000 to purchase and install the       and     with       nurseries     the range of products
per cent increase in             new mixer.                                     who also stock our               and services offered by
demand for our potting                                                                                           Walkabout Industries
mix that is available in                                                                                         contact       Mr     Craig
premium and regular                                                                                              Geeves on (03)6272
varieties,” said Craig                                                                                           8244, or visit         www.
Geeves,          Divisional                                                                            
Manager of Walkabout
Industries.                                                                                                      The       dedicated
                                                                                                                 workforce         on
“Our        potting      soils
                                                                                                                 the potting mix
are     produced        from                                                                                     production      line.
Tasmanian             sourced                                                                                    More than 120,000
ingredients            where                                                                                     bags of Walkabout
possible,       and       the                                                                                    Industries’ potting
individual elements are                                                                                          soil are distributed
                                                                                                                 in Tasmania per
combined, mixed and
packaged on site to

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                                                                                        VALE – Barry (Baz) Miles Smith
Oak Tasmania                                                                            2 January 1962 – 21 December 2008
Welcomes Newest
Board Member
Oak Tasmania extends a                      Technology     Management
warm welcome to its’ newest                 and a Masters of Business
Board Member, Mr Nigel                      Administration from Deakin
Reeves.                                     University.
Mr     Reeves    works    full              Mr Reeves is married
time as a management                        with three young children
consultant in information                   and lives in West Hobart,
and          communications                 Tasmania.
technology (ICT), renewable                                                             Barry Miles Smith 2.1.62 – 21.12.08
energy and property sectors.                                                            It was with much sadness that                 day outings, helping out in
Prior to joining the private                                                            we learned of the passing                     the garden and cooking –
sector, he held a range of                                                              of Barry Smith in December                    especially tasting the various
senior positions within the                                                             2008.                                         ingredients! He had a big
Tasmanian       Government,                                                             Barry was a long-time client of               heart, a great sense of humour
including the Department of                                                             Oak Tasmania, having spent                    and was respected his friends,
Economic Development and                                                                a memorable 17 years in the                   colleagues and carers.
Offices of the Deputy Premier                                                           organisations’ care. Barry                    Barry’s Father Bob is well
and Minister for Economic                                                               always had a happy disposition                known to many at Oak
Development.                                                                            and loved trying something                    Tasmania having been a long-
                                                                                        new. Staff and colleagues at                  serving and dedicated Board
He has also worked for the
                                                                                        the Independent Living and                    Member. Oak Tasmania
National       Manufacturing
                                                                                        Training Centre said Barry had                extends its’ deepest sympathy
Forum KPMG Tasmania, and                                                                a love of sports, especially                  to Bob, Rita and their family.
the Hobart City Council.                                                                carpet bowls, 10-pin bowling                  Barry     will    be     fondly
Mr Reeves holds a Bachelor                                                              and indoor cricket – where he                 remembered by his friends at
of Commerce Degree from                     Oak     Tasmania’s new                      often demonstrated his batting                Oak Tasmania and by those
the University of Tasmania,                 Board Member, Mr Nigel                      prowess.                                      who had the privilege of
a Graduate Diploma of                       Reeves.                                     Barry also enjoyed all-                       knowing him. Rest in Peace.

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