Tulgeen is on Bus 103 for the next six months.  Spot us and win!!

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Send a photo of Tulgeen’s banner on the bus with enough background for us to pick where it is. All entries received for each month over the next six months will be drawn from a hat for a luscious little prize. Each photo can only be used once. Send your entries to onthebus@tulgeen.com.au

Don’t forget it’s illegal and unsafe to use your mobile whilst driving so please take your photos whilst stationary please.

The winner from each month will be  announced here, on Facebook and by email.

Tulgeen’s 2016 AGM – A Celebration of Achievement and Community

The 2016 AGM was a warm celebration of community and our achievements over the past 12 months.

A great keynote speaker:  former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes 


 A great crowd with old faces and new present…


And, recognition of loyalty and service…


All the elements of a good celebration!!

Thank you to everyone for a great past 12 months and for making the AGM a joyful success.

Tulgeen launches ‘Cooinda’ a one-stop shopfront for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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Tulgeen’s new one-stop shopfront ‘Cooinda’ meaning ‘Happy Place’ in local Djiringanj language was launched on 14 Oct by NSW Local Member, the Hon. Andrew Constance.  Also in attendance were new Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Kristy McBain and  local elder Colleen Dixon who provided a Welcome to Country for all guests.


The new shopfront is at 26 Eden Street in Bega and serves to provide all information related to Tulgeen and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Guests were welcomed by Grattan Smith, Chair of Tulgeen and Acting CEO, Jen Russell.

In his address to the crowd, Andrew Constance emphasised:   “I don’t what anyone to forget what the NDIS is about. The NDIS is not about money, it’s about people…it’s about the principle of choice and control…For too long our country has made life incredibly hard for people with disability and their carers…People with disability are in charge now…getting to pick and choose what THEY want and need…It’s good to see Tulgeen making changes and transforming to build on the incredible services already being provided.  This is about all of you…in the full knowledge that this is so that you can enjoy your human rights.

Following the launch, both the Minister and the Mayor spent time speaking with staff and Tulgeen’s NDIS participants.

Being new, the Mayor was provided with a brief tour of nearby facilities.

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Craig Snowden, Coordinator of one of Tulgeen’s Social Enterprises, Tulgeen Packaging Services explains his operation to the Mayor.


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Following his keynote address at the Tulgeen AGM, take the opportunity on  Friday 21st October at 12pm to enjoy a very special literary luncheon at noon at Merimbula Wharf Restaurant with former Human Rights & Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes.  Bookings are essential and tickets are available from Candelo Books  www.candelobooks.com or 02 6292 3386.

Graeme Innes AM was born blind, but he’s never let that stop him. Lawyer, mediator, human rights and disability advocate, he’s been the driver behind some of the most significant reforms in human rights and disability advocacy both nationally and internationally.

‘Finding A Way’ is Graeme’s unique story of a life lived to the full. Born in the inner west of Sydney in 1955, his parents brought him up to believe that he should never be treated differently because of his disability. But life wasn’t always easy. Graeme’s memoir reveals the many personal challenges he’s faced over the years including being awarded a law degree at Sydney University only to be turned down for jobs time after time because of employers’ assumptions about his disability. But rather than let the system beat him, Graeme always found a way to show people his potential, he went onto become the Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, leading work on Australia’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and also was involved in the Disability Discrimination Act and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Don’t miss this very special opportunity to meet one of Australia’s most inspiring disability advocates, here in the Bega Valley.