Riverside Nursery – Easter Trading Hours

easter trading

Dear Customers,

The Riverside Nursery at Taronga Crescent will be trading as usual over Easter weekend on  Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

We are CLOSED  on Easter Friday and Easter Monday.

We regret any inconvenience during our closure.

The Tulgeen Riverside Nursery Team

Introducing Murmuration Dance Theatre


Murmuration Dance Theatre (MDT) is Sydney’s first professional integrated dance company, working alongside artists with and without disability to create new contemporary dance theatre works.

Based as a Resident of Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville, MDT’s  vision is to develop a hub of integrated creative activity. “We aim to build a sustainable and diverse arts program, foster integrated artistic excellence and create greater opportunities for community inclusion in the performing arts.”

The driving force behind Murmuration Dance Theatre is Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo in collaboration with Artistic Associate, Dan Daw and Projects Manager Ana Welsh.


Programs are open to people with and without disability. Addison Road Community Centre is an accessible venue with level entrance, reserved parking and accessible bathrooms in Gumbramorra Hall. Auslan Interpretation is available with bookings.


For the full program details and to get to know more about the Murmur Team, head on over to their website.  www.murmuration.com.au

You can also contact  the office (02) 9569 4580 on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9.30am – 4.30pm or email us anytime!


Residency programs will provide professional opportunities to explore creative practice, supporting the development and presentation of quality integrated dance theatre.

At the heart of  MDT’s  programming they will provide inclusive activities, open to all people to participate in the performing arts through creative learning, observation, discussion and reflection

Sharing  creative process with the community is an on-going passion. During MDT’s artist’s residencies, MDT will open their studio doors to the community, to observe their work in progress

A relaxed open panel comprising of Murmur Artists will be convened by Ausdance NSW. The panelists will discuss their creative processes, access, advocacy and future aspirations

Become part of the flock, become a Murmur Member. You will have access to discounted workshops, free events, and you will also support the future development of the company.

Parents flock to free online course on autism

Article reproduced from The Age, 9 March 2015

Swinburne University has designed an online course to give families practical strategies to cope with a child with autism.

Open to help: Swinburne’s online course is designed to help parents with children on the autism spectrum better understand their needs.

More than 10,000 participants have registered for a new, free online six-week course beginning in April, which has been designed by Swinburne University to provide practical help to families with a child on the autism spectrum.

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong condition affecting about 1 per cent of children who typically have preoccupations, aversions, obsessions and difficulties with social interaction.  But, despite the disorder’s frequency and the challenges it poses to parents, carers and teachers, much online information is about diagnosis and emotional support rather than practical help.

Now, a team at Swinburne University has stepped in to move away from “the theory of autism” to provide a free, practical online six-week course designed to give parents and carers strategies to help their child – and the family.

Lecturer in education Emma Donaldson, one of the course’s designers, said it was clear “the autism community is in dire need of practical advice and support”.

“The autism MOOC takes a very practical approach to autism…through the lens of inclusivity, fostering understanding and equipping participants with the skills and knowledge to solve practical issues in (their) lives…,” Ms Donaldson said.

She said many carers  were knowledgeable about the theories and research associated with autism but lacked practical advice and support. “Our overarching aim is to equip participants with the skills to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families.”

Offering the course online will add flexibility and improve the reach of the course. “The MOOC is designed for participants to choose their own pathway and curate their content depending on their area of interest.  [It] will require approximately two hours per week…there are no set times as it is a worldwide MOOC and we aim to accommodate for all time zones,” Ms Donaldson said.

A weekly topic will be set and participants will be expected to engage in the content via videos and podcasts, by assessing given scenarios and sharing their own stories and experiences. Ms Donaldson said the program’s creators hoped this approach would foster a sense of connectedness and community amongst participants.

“Our hope is that we are able to build a community of support from this MOOC and that there will be more iterations of the course. In six  weeks we can only scratch the surface but if successful we hope to build on its successes,” she said.

So far, she said, feedback on the course design has been positive and early enrolments had exceeded expectations. Wyndham Vale mother of two Eileen Harding is looking forward to the course and to working collaboratively with others. Her six year old son, Blake, is on the autism spectrum, classified as mild high functioning.

Ms Harding hopes toget a better understanding of how to help her son with day-to-day activities and life in general. “I’m also interested in how others deal with meltdowns and getting younger children to eat more foods. As Blake has sensory issues with food, it’s very hard to get him to try new foods,” she said.

Although focusing on general coping mechanisms, the coordinators hope that during the scenarios and discussions, participants will look deeper into other topics relevant to their situation, such as communication or special interests. “The course will cover a range of topics across the spectrum, lifespan and gender,” Ms Donaldson said.

Ms Harding says the course will fit well with the wider online support community.

“[Amaze] has amazing information on their website on how to understand and relate to autism… I have found there are also heaps of online support groups for parents and families, especially on Facebook which is great at 2am after a really bad day or night of meltdowns and you just want to vent,” she said.

Fiona Sharkie, CEO of the peak body for autism spectrum disorders in Victoria, Amaze, is supportive of the new program.

“Anything that is going to make the world of autism better understood by the broader community is a great idea,” she said.


Tulgeen Clients feature in Spiral Gallery IWD display

The current ”Make It Happen’ International Women’s Day display features creations by Tulgeen clients. It opened on 6 March and will continue until 25 March.

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Artist Emily Brown will be exhibiting ‘Tribal Woman’ at Spiral Gallery


In a show of GIRL POWER to celebrate International Women’s Day, Tulgeen clients  Jennifer Wade, Sarah Carr, Jennifer Russell, Catherine Williams, Emily Brown. Miriam Kydd, Anne Russell, Celine Skillin and textile works by  Joy Umback and Bev Mitchell will be featured in Spiral Gallery’s IWD 2015 – MAKE IT HAPPEN Exhibition.

This  exhibition acknowledges “equality for women is progress for all”. International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th.  Around the world it’s the one day when people come together across physical & cultural divides to celebrate the rights of women & girls. This exhibition is organised by Southern Women’s Group Inc & Women’s Resource Centre. Entries welcome phone 6492 1367.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

The International Womens Day exhibition 2015 is celebrating MAKE IT HAPPEN by showcasing the local creative talent of women of all ages.

opens Friday March 6th 5pm – Exhibition 6-25/3/15 Spiral Gallery Gallery 1 – Organised by Southern Women’s Group Inc. and Women’s Resource Centre. Come along and celebrate.