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