Sophie enjoying her time with Tulgeen

Sophie Wintle is 19 years old and lives in Bermagui. Sophie uses a wheelchair due to her disability and is a new client at Tulgeen Disability Services.

Sophie has been catching the bus to Bega to attend day activities at Tulgeen. Peter Ingram from Bega Valley Coaches says Sophie is the first passenger they have had that requires a wheel chair and that they are proud to offer this inclusive service.

Bega Valley Coach Driver, Peter says Sophie is a delightful passenger, often singing along to the songs on the radio.

Pictured below is Sophie, bus driver Peter, Tulgeen staff member Robbo.

Employment Opportunity- Support Coordinator

Due to increasing demand for service support, Tulgeen is looking for a Support Coordinator to join our team. Do you have excellent customer service skills? Great interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills that reflect our core values? If you have these skills, as well as knowledge of the disability and/or community services sector, please consider applying.

Click on the following link for the role description. Role Description Support Coordinator

Applications must be received by close of business 23rd February. Please email applications to

Tulgeen produce bags available at Coles

Numerous reports have been made about the massive loads of waste plastic contaminating our oceans and environment. In fact, according to the ABC’s War on Waste Program, our waste is growing at double the rate of our population with over 52 mega tonnes generated each year. Tulgeen’s Social Enterprise, Stitches and Prints is working hard towards a solution.

Tulgeen provides people with disability an opportunity to work in paid, meaningful employment. Supported employees at Tulgeen make produce bags for use and resuse. Made of a fine mesh with a drawstring cord, these produce bags are available for purchase at Coles in Bega.

With the major supermarkets phasing out plastic bags by 2018, Tulgeen has responded to the opportunity in the market. The bags are priced at $14.99 for five mesh bags and include a calico holder.

Through purchasing these bags, you are directly supporting the work Tulgeen does with people with disability.

The new products are only one part of an expansion of the Social Enterprises operated by Tulgeen, and we are seeking new employees to fulfil a variety of roles over the next few months. If you or a friend are interested in discussing possibilities of supported or open employment, please contact Dave at or call 6499 0800.

Tribute to Tulgeen Life Member Bob Westmacott

We enjoyed hosting a VIP for morning tea this week. In 1975 Bob Westmacott initiated the development of facilities for people with a disability within the Bega Valley. The result? 40 years later, Tulgeen continues to enable our clients to live, work, play and grow.

Bob is a Life Member and valued Friend of Tulgeen. Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell thanked Bob for his enormous contribution to Tulgeen and for his continued support.

Tulgeen Client and artist Jeffery Young was delighted to present Bob with one of his painting as a token of appreciation.

Pictured here- Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell, Life Member Bob Westmacott and Jeffery Young (seated).

Tulgeen Annual General Meeting

Tulgeen’s recent Annual General Meeting was well attended by Tulgeen members, parents, advocates and staff. In his presentation to the meeting, re-elected Chair Grattan Smith said he was looking forward to the following year with excitement and optimism.

“This past 12-months has again been one of many achievements at Tulgeen, underpinned by the transition into the NDIS. Tulgeen was well prepared as we moved into this era of individualised funding, flexible service delivery and greater transparency, within a more competitive environment.” Grattan said.

Grattan paid tribute to retiring Director Gae Rheinberger who he said had been instrumental to Tulgeen’s success since her involvement began in 2000.

Tulgeen Client and Artist, Miriam Kydd presented Gae with a painting on behalf of the organisation as a form of appreciation.

Grattan also acknowledged Bob Westmacott’s role and contribution to Tulgeen. Due to a prior commitment, Bob was unable to attend the meeting.

Chair Grattan Smith described Tulgeen’s volunteers and dedicated staff as the ‘lifeblood’ of the organisation and said it was a privilege to lead a forward thinking, passionate and innovative Board.

The Tulgeen Board of Directors for 2017/2018 as pictured are from left standing- Dallys Baker, Grattan Smith (Chair), Chris Van Den Berg, seated- Peter Hughes, John Stylianou and Liam O’Duibhir.

Tulgeen committed to staff development

Tulgeen Disability Services has a strong commitment to support staff with their learning and development. As part of a recent initiative, four staff have been provided additional opportunities for career experience/advancement across the Tulgeen Group.

Expressions of interest were sought from current staff to act in coordinator and administrative roles across the organisation.  CEO Jen Russell said it was pleasing to have such a great response.

“We invited current staff to express interest to act in a position when people usually in those roles were on leave,” Jen explained.

“We were delighted at the response. All staff have indicated their interest in career pathways for professional development, effectively playing an important role in succession planning”, Jen went on to say.

“Congratulations to Kim, Petrina, Mark, Annie and Jacoba who will be mentored and supported in their placements”, Jen said.

Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell says she is excited for the next chapter of Tulgeen. “With our passionate, energetic and innovative bank of staff and volunteers, Tulgeen is absolutely thriving”, Jen said.


Pictured here- Mark, Kim, Jacoba and Petrina delighted to have the opportunity. Not in picture- Annie.

Monday Morning Dreaming

While the rain fell across the Bega Valley this morning, Graeme created this masterpiece of Uluru as part of Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage activity.

Through Art in the Garage, artists with a disability are free to dream and create in a creative, nurturing environment.

Congratulations Graeme, we love ‘Monday Morning Dreaming’.

Up up and away!

John had the BEST time on a recent scenic flight around Merimbula. Supported by Sharon, John had a birds eye view of the pristine Sapphire Coast.

They were having a great time right up until turbulence hit when they were just on the fringes of the Snowy Mountains. At the pilots’ suggestion they returned back to Merimbula.

John and Sharon then went for a walk on the boardwalk and enjoyed some lunch before heading home.

John and Sharon have been on a high ever since. 🛩️ BEST DAY EVER!

Tulgeen Open Day

Tulgeen hosted morning tea at Riverside Nursery today to highlight the importance of supported employment for people with disability.

Tulgeen has five Social Enterprises; Bega Valley Work Crew, Riverside Nursery, Stitches and Prints, Tulgeen Shredding and Tulgeen Packaging Services.

Riverside Nursery is a full retail nursery in Bega providing superior service, very competitive prices and quality products.

Tulgeen’s supported employees have great working conditions, including decent wages, hours that suit their lifestyles, and the ability to make social connections.

If supported employment is listed in your NDIS plan, please get in touch