Tulgeen welcomes Local Member for Bega the Hon. Andrew Constance

Andrew’s visit to Tulgeen

Grattan Smith, Chair and Jen Russell, Chief Executive Officer A/g warmly welcomed to Tulgeen The Hon. Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Local Member for Bega.  As the previous NSW Minister for Disability, Andrew maintains a particular interest in Tulgeen and how developments within the National Disability Insurance Scheme affect Tulgeen’s clients.

The Minister was eager to hear about Tulgeen’s plans for development and our progress in implementing the NDIS.  In particular, Andrew was most impressed by plans to create a Community Hub through the creation of the Living Room and Food Basket space at Riverside Nursery and if funds permitted, the creation of a new home at the Taronga Precinct for the Bega Valley Workcrew.  Both Mel Pickering, Retail Manager at Riverside Nursery and Jarrod Palmer, Coordinator of Bega Valley Workcrew were on hand to explain plans as was Paul Spiteri, Operations Manager of the Disability Enterprises.

Andrew offered warm congratulations to the team behind the establishment of INSYNC@merimbula and welcomed the greater access to constituents in the southern reaches of the electorate.  Unfortunately, time constraints did not permit a visit to the Merimbula site.

Andrew had the opportunity to visit Tulgeen’s centre-based Respite Support service based at INSYNC and also to participate along with Tulgeen clients in a lively music session at Tulgeen’s INSYNC led by Damon Davies.

Unfortunately time pressures meant that a full tour of Tulgeen was not possible this time.

Tulgeen thanks the Minister for his time and looks forward to welcoming Andrew again.

Evolution Research Presents Important BSWAT information for Supported Employees, their Families and Advocates


On behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), Annette Blacklow from Evolution Research presented important information relevant to Supported Employees and their families and/or advocates on 8 September at the Hilton Room at Tulgeen.

The presentation ran for an hour and a half and covered key facts and processes about the now defunct BSWAT scheme, the class action associated with the BSWAT scheme and avenues for participation and payment.

If you missed the presentation, all info is contained in the presentation below.

For more information or if you still have questions:

Phone 1800 799 515

Email: BSWATPayments@dss.gov.au


Tulgeen Board appoints Acting Chief Executive Officer

Jen Jen Russell is Acting Chief Executive Officer until the end of 2016

The Tulgeen Board today announced the appointment of  Jen Russell to the Acting CEO position whilst they undertake processes to fill the role.  In her substantive role as Client Services General Manager, Jen has led Tulgeen during our transition into the NDIS and she is a logical choice during Tulgeen’s continuing transition which demands organisational stability and cohesion.

Jen is warmly  welcomed into her new role by the Directors and the Senior team.

Tulgeen’s Bega Valley Workcrew Acknowledged by Kelly Family


Back row L to R: Josh Salter, Ryan Heyhorn, Greg Coman (from Elders Tathra), Cornelius Moon, Lachlan Morris, Matt Adamson and Jarrod Palmer. Front row: Els and Denis Kelly

Recently the Kelly family left their historic farm Milford Acres to settle in Kalaru for health reasons.  This entailed a historic clearance sale.  In preparation for the sale, Greg Coman from Elders Tathra commissioned Tulgeen’s Bega Valley Workcrew to undertake the work to prepare the property and equipment for sale.

Denis and Els Kelly were so impressed by the quality of the work undertaken by Tulgeen’s Bega Valley Workcrew and underwhelmed by the invoice that they wanted to make an extra contribution to Tulgeen.

IMG_3828 Denis Kelly with Jarrod Palmer

Today, led by Jarrod Palmer, Coordinator of the Bega Valley Workcrew, the entire team comprising Matt Adamson and Supported Employees Cornelius Moon, Josh Salter, Ryan Heyhorn and Lachlan Morris gathered to receive a $300 donation from the Kellys to Tulgeen in recognition of their excellent services.   Tulgeen has Deductible Gift Recipient Status so the Kellys will receive a tax deductible receipt for their donation.

“I’d recommend them to anyone” said Denis Kelly and Els Kelly chimed in by saying “it won’t be us again as I’m NEVER moving again.”

The Bega Valley Workcrew is available for commercial as well as domestic work and is a specialist in farm clearances.  For more information or to make an enquiry contact Jarrod Palmer on 0488 941 769.

See Bega District News coverage here.




Auditors Sean Rixon and Peter Burton from bsi

Tulgeen Group welcomed auditors Peter Burton and Sean Rixon from bsi on site from 22 to 24 August as they undertook a three yearly re-certification Audit of Tulgeen’s Social and Disability Enterprises on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

All four Social Enterprises – Stitches and Prints, Tulgeen Packaging Services, Bega Valley Workcrew and the Riverside Nursery as well as Tulgeen’s Governance and Management are reviewed to ensure that they meet the National Standards for Disability Services.  These are six national Standards which apply to Disability Service Providers and they ensure that Tulgeen’s Supported Employment workplaces offer consistency, quality and respectful environment for people with disability to work.  Each Standard is linked to Indicators of Practice which determine Tulgeen’s success in providing a good practice service.


The Indicators of practice provide guidance on the activities and ways of working that should be in place to support the standard. They describe what services need to do in order to meet each standard and what individuals, family and carers can expect. The National Standards for Disability Services Evidence Guide includes examples of evidence that services may use to assess whether and how they are meeting each standard.

bsi signing off Supported Employee Gavin Irvin sees Peter off at the audit’s end

The audit has concluded today and Peter Burton will publish his findings shortly.  Tulgeen has been advised that Re-certifcation has been passed with a Service Quality score of 9.6 out of 10.

Congratulations to our Social and Disability Enterprise staff for a brilliant job in providing the necessary support and creating a work environment where Tulgeen’s Supported Employees are valued and able to contribute every day.

Tulgeen welcomes fLinG Pysical Theatre

1 Gabriela and Rob from fLinG with Karen from INSYNC

Today Tulgeen welcomed Rob McCredie, Co-Artitstic Director and Gabriela Green Olea, Associate Artist from Bega’s own fLinG Physical Theatre.  Rob and Gabriela joined Tulgeen staff Nathan Barry and Katrina Jones and participants, Jen, James, Meg, Annie and Nicholas  in a dance and movement session at INSYNC.

2 Nathan twirls Jen to ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’

fLiNG Physical Theatre is a professionally supported youth dance company based in Bega. Since its’ founding in 2001 fLiNG has created many original performances and toured broadly to local venues, outdoor sites, schools as well as to theatres in Wollongong and Parramatta Sydney and in 2012 to Singapore  International Youth Festival. The mission of the company is to inspire people through original contemporary performance. To gain the skills required for this performance practice the company trains in dance, physical  theatre and gymnastics.

4 Rob and Gabriela dance with the group

Tulgeen is currently exploring creative opportunities with fLinG in order to enrich and expand the cultural experiences available to our NDIS participants.

Thank you Rob and Gabriela for your time today and we look forward to a creative partnership with fLinG.