Tulgeen Director Gae Rheinberger is honoured by Bega Community


Current Director and former Chair of the Tulgeen Board of Directors, Gae Rheinberger was honoured today by the Bega Community.  Mayor, Michael Britten presented Gae with a Bega Valley Shire Medallion during a meeting of Council.  Gae was overseas when the official ceremony was conducted earlier in the year and was invited to today’s meeting to belatedly receive her Award.

The Bega Valley Shire Medallion is presented for the outstanding work of volunteers across Bega Valley Shire and recognises one of the great strengths of a community, people who are prepared to give up their own time for the benefit of others and the community as a whole.



The criteria for the Bega Valley Shire Council Community Service Medallion requires that recipients have served within the Bega Valley community for an extended period of time, preferably more than 10 years, and in a number of areas and/or organisations, although consideration is given to those volunteers whose commitment to one organisation or group is such that they would not be able to give much time to other activities (for example being on call 24 hours a day, seven day a week).

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Tulgeen has been fortunate to have had Gae Rheinberger as a volunteer and Director for over a decade.  Tulgeen has flourished under her leadership and contributions over the years and now sits on the threshold of welcoming the National Disability Insurance Scheme and all its opportunities.

Congratulations Gae – well deserved.  The Tulgeen Community is very proud of you.


Tulgeen’s first TV Commercial to start screening on 7Prime and 7mate from 2 July

Tulgeen is pleased to announce that our first TV commercial will go to air 2 July on 7Prime and 7mate initially and moving to the other channels later.

Our thanks to Brent and Virginia Occleshaw from Gooseboy TV for hitting the brief on the head.  Tulgeen shines boldly and tenderly.

Feel free to share our advertisement widely.

Sleeping rough in Cold Canberra

In the jungle, the cold, concrete jungle, the CEO sleeps (perhaps) tonight…

Tulgeen CEO, Pete Gorton joined 1,483 other CEOs around Australia in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and funds to alleviate and combat homelessness.  The exercise asks that CEOs experience homelessness for one night.   Pete’s sleepout location is Canberra and tonight the weather is a mild 4 degrees Celsius with a light wind and drizzle.  Pete bunks down on the concrete with a cohort of Canberra and region CEOs and leaders including Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the former Health Minister the Hon. Brendan Nelson.

homeless Pete Pete arrived early securing himself a prime spot  at Questacon

Unlike the many homeless Australians retiring with empty bellies and sleeping rough for real, the CEOs receive a cup of hot soup and a slice of bread for supper as if they were fortunate enough to come across a charitable food van.

homeless  Not retiring with a completely empty belly

As part of the experience, the St. Vincent de Paul Society organises a few speakers to provide the CEOs and leaders with information and facts about Homelessness in Australia.  It’s quite shocking.

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Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Brendan Nelson are among those supporting the Vinies CEO Sleepout

Following the presentation, the CEOs retreat to their secured spots on the concrete outside.  Some have better spots than others; more sheltered, more private, undercover, away from security lights…

However, upon exiting the presentation they find the drizzle turned to rain and their sleeping cardboard is wet. This IS the reality of homelessness – there is no reliable shelter.

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More reality than anyone bargained for?

The end result as at 9.24 pm is absolutely brilliant: $5,291,004.  To all the people who have donated to Pete’s effort raising $2,475 so far you are a PART of something MUCH BIGGER. Together individuals have the power to achieve success and abundance.

homeless5Grateful thanks from our CEO, Pete Gorton.

the morning after…

The night was cold and somewhat uncomfortable but thankfully over at 5am and breakfast!!


Pete now gets to jump in his car and drive to Bega to start work

well done Pete  we’re proud of you!!


Strong Tulgeen showing at Plethora of Postcards @ Spiral Gallery

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Art in the Garage artsist Graham Henkel and Miriam Kydd with their work

Works from Tulgeen Art in the Garage artists and clients were on show at Spiral’s annual Plethora of Postcards exhibition which opened on 17 June in Bega.

Many clients were supported by Tulgeen staff to be in attendance at the celebrations and enjoyed speaking with Spiral regulars about their work.  A number of works were sold on opening night.  Well done everyone!!

Tulgeen artists and clients exhibit at Spiral Gallery’s annual Plethora of Postcards

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Plethora of Postcards is on again at Spiral Gallery,

Tulgeen clients and artists have submitted postcards to this exhibition. This year’s exhbition features the works of  Art in the Garage artists Jeffrey Young , Miriam Kydd,  Graham Henkel , Cornelius Moonm Robbie Maples, Annie Russell, Graeme Smith and Emily Brown.  Tulgeen clients Bev Mitchell, Joy Umbeck and Sarah Carr are also participating.

Jeffrey has already been told that his postcard has been sold during the hanging  so some lucky Spiral volunteer or member has snapped up a gem.  Hurry to the opening so that you don’t miss out.

Opening at 5pm on Friday, 17 June at the gallery, the exhibitions continues until 14 July 2016.

Spiral Gallery: 47 Church Street, Bega.  www.spiralgallery.org.au

Tulgeen CEO participates in 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to Raise Funds for Homelessness

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Tulgeen’s CEO Pete Gorton is participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for 2016 on June 23rd.  He is seeking donations toward the total objective of $6.5m which will be used by Vinnies to provide support for over 100,000 homeless people throughout the coming year.  Pete’s target is to raise $2,000 and every cent is passed on to Vinnies, acknowledged with a Tax Receipt.
Last year, St Vincent de Paul Society provided over 356,000 bed nights and 1.2 million meals across Australia.  The genders are about evenly split, 60% under 35 years of age, about a quarter are under 18 and 13% are under 12. Apart from trying to provide a little security and comfort to homeless and disadvantaged people, the major effort is focussed on breaking the cycle of homelessness through person-centred care, early intervention and prevention.
The nearest CEO Sleepout Centres to Bega are Canberra and in Wollongong.  Pete decided to support the Canberra effort, due to the shorter distances to drive there and back.  Of course, all money raised will be distributed nationally.
The programme for the night is lights out at 11pm after soup and bread and a cuppa, spend a cold night under cardboard, with a wakeup at 5am, and departure around 6am.  June 23rd in Canberra isn’t THAT cold…
You can contribute to the effort via credit card or PayPal online by clicking on the DONATE NOW link below, select “Donate to a CEO’ and then enter ‘Pete Gorton’,  DONATE NOW
Alternatively, you can drop into Tulgeen reception at 26 Eden Street, Bega and pay in cash, credit or EFTPOS on Monday, Tuesday or Thursdays.  Tulgeen will then deposit your contribution and initiate the receipt process.
Every dollar helps…
We will be reporting Pete’s progress on the Tulgeen Facebook page and on our website.  Pete will also be reporting on his on Facebook page.
We ask that the Bega Business Community and community gets behind Pete and support Tulgeen’s contribution to the fight against homelessness.

Kristi Sproates – So long…not farewell

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A large gathering of clients and staff attended a morning tea today to wish long time Tulgeen staffer Kristi Sproates well for her next adventure.  Kristi first entered Tulgeen in 1999 as a work placement student undertaking her Certificate III in Disability.  Her journey as a student continued over the years as Kristi undertook a Degree of Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education graduating with Honours in April 2015.  During Kristi’s time at Tulgeen, she’s had a break and many other roles within Tulgeen including Disability Support Worker, Coordinator at INSYNC (formerly TES) and finally as the Educator for 1Tulgeen.

Kristi leaves Tulgeen’s having established her own business Appy Times which focuses on supporting people with disability to use iPad technology to enhance communication.  She will continue to work as an NDIS provider with Tulgeen clients.

It is sadness that we bid Kristi so long but at least it’s not farewell!!  Tulgeen staff and clients will continue to enjoy Kristi’s happy and supportive presence around Tulgeen.

Thank you Kristi.  We honour and salute your contributions to disability within our local community both within and outside of Tulgeen.  You will be missed but we are so proud of your achievements.  Your success is our success!!

Riverside Nursery is closed for trading today – Monday, 6 June

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Due to flooding around the Riverside Nursery and the Valley, we regret we will be closed for trading today.  Tulgeen apologises to our customers for any inconvenience experienced.  The pictures above show the BBQ hut at Kisses Lagoon (left) and the Council Bridge Depot next door to the Riverside Nursery at 8.30am this morning.

We expect to be open tomorrow but please check before you travel on 6492 4151.