Farewell Henny


Henny with the photo montage assembled by Tulgeen clients and staff

On 22 September, Tulgeen farewelled  Henny Kunzelmann.  Henny has been part of the Tulgeen family working within Training and Education Services (TES)  for  four years.

Paying tribute to Henny, Karen Machan, Acting TES Manager said “Henny is an enthusiastic, skilled and committed team member who developed a great rapport with all the clients and staff. Henny can generate a laugh from everyone.  Henny always shows interest and concern for the welfare and comfort of clients. Her empathy and understanding are important characteristics in promoting a person centred future for all our clients.

Henny is very special and she will be greatly missed by all and we  wish her well in her new position.”

Henny moves to a position at Nardy House which is closer to home for her.


Henny with Mitchell, Gavin, Bradley and Ashley


Kids in the Garage – A project supported by the Cassandra Gantner Foundation

Cassandra Gantner Foundation logo


In 2013, Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage received funding from the Cassandra Gantner Foundation to fund a pilot project to research and fund supported visual arts options for children aged 8-18 years with disability.  The funding is significant on two levels in that it is (1) recurrent and (2) the first project the Foundation has funded outside of Victoria.

After an epic gestation period, Tulgeen has just completed its first ‘Kids in the Garage’ program in partnership with the Bega Valley Primary School.  Led by local artist and ceramicist Daniel Lafferty, the first Kids in the Garage program focused on art making in the cermamics medium.  Works were hand built as well as thrown on a pottery wheel with the children enjoying all forms of the clay work.

Damien Andy, Mark Rose(support)

Damien Andy with Mark Rose (Education Assistant) looking on

Seven students aged from 7 to 12 years delighted in making a range of ceramic pieces from dishes to spiders to houses. At this stage the works remain unfired and will be completed when Daniel fires them in Tulgeen’s  in-house kiln on 24 September 2014.

L – Connor McDowell’s house and R – Logan Backhouse and Connor McDowell

Connor McDowells house  Logan Backhouse, Connor McDowell

L – unfired pinch pot by and R- spiders

Pinch pot greenware


Tulgeen provided Daniel Lafferty’s expertise and mentoring skills, all art making supplies and tools in our in-house professional ceramic studios and transport to and from the School to our studios.

Some feedback from the children themselves includes:

Will Russell: (Age 7) “I think the workshops are fabulous. I have had a good time making clay and doing things. The best part is building with the clay and letting it dry out.”

James Robinson: (Age 8) “I loved making the animals. The wheel has been fun. I also like riding on the bus.”

Tulgeen wishes to thank the visionary Principal A/g of Bega Valley Primary School, Mark Farrell for being the first in the area to commit his school to this project.  Thanks also to teachers, teachers aides and education assistants from the School, Kim Cooke, Mark Rose and Louise Evans.  The program was also fortunate to have a parent Belinda McDowell attend most sessions.

“We are all looking forward to the continuing the workshops next term.  I can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces when they see their completed works fired” said Dianne Rees who has coordinated the Kids in the Garage pilot.

“Tulgeen looks forward to expanding our program to all  primary schools within the Valley and to a long and creative association with the Cassandra Gantner Foundation.  I am positive the Foundation will be delighted with the results of the pilot” said Pete Gorton, CEO of Tulgeen. “Working with children is a new service approach for Tulgeen and we look forward to consolidating Kids in the Garage and expanding our work with children.  It is clearly an area of great need and we wish to be able to offer services across all ages, especially with the impending National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

A full project report is being compiled and will be available online from the Tulgeen website in due course.

If your Primary School wishes to participate in ‘Kids in the Garage’ or would like more information about this program, please contact kidsinthegarage@tulgeen.com.au

If you are a parent, carer or advocate of a child or adult  and wish to discuss support from Tulgeen, please contact Pete Gorton ceo@tulgeen.com.au


Jenny Wade ScreenPrint

In the refocus of Stitches and Prints away from a manufacturing environment into a creative industries market, long standing supported employee, Jenny Wade, has recently learned the art of screen printing.Here Jen proudly shows off her first screen print.

The creative industries  products  produced by Tulgeen’s supported employees  will be sold at a regular fortnightly market stall on Fridays at the Bega SCPA South East Producers markets in Littleton Gardens shared with Tulgeen’s  Riverside Nursery.  It is hoped that other outlets will be found for the work in time. For a calendar of market days, please check the SCPA market calendar.

If you are interested in finding out more , purchasing or stocking our products, please contact Paul Spiteri, Operations Manager Australian Disability Enterprsies on 0407 298 954 or paul.spiteri@tulgeen.com.au

Thank you Club Sapphire and Merimbula RSL

Tulgeen’s Bega Valley Work Crew was the proud recipient of $2000 in a combined contribution from Club Sapphire and Merimbula RSL in the recent round of Club Grants (formerly CDSE Grants).

“We are very grateful to the Clubs and the $2000 will be put to good use to purchase two very much needed new push mowers to replace ageing equipment.  Our Supported Employees and staff will be delighted” said Paul Spiteri, Operations Manager of Australian Disability Enterprises at Tulgeen Group.

“Bega Valley residents will be very used to seeing the Bega Valley Work Crew comprising Tulgeen Supported Employees and Tulgeen staff working around town.  If you have a gardening or rubbish removal job you wish performed, don’t hesitate to contact me” said Paul.


Paul Spiteri, Operations Manager Australian Disability Enterprises

paul.spiteri@tulgeen.com.au or 0407 298 954.


Riverside Nursery in Bega seeks a qualified Horticulturalist with extensive experience in the retail garden centre trade.
This is an on-call casual position with one or more full or half days per week and involves weekend work. Riverside Nursery is an Australian Disability Enterprise.  The position is subject to a Working with Children Check.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 26 September 2014

For more information and to apply, download the full application package by clicking  1409-09 Riverside Nursery On-call Casual Recruitment Package