Tulgeen Annual General Meeting

Tulgeen’s recent Annual General Meeting was well attended by Tulgeen members, parents, advocates and staff. In his presentation to the meeting, re-elected Chair Grattan Smith said he was looking forward to the following year with excitement and optimism.

“This past 12-months has again been one of many achievements at Tulgeen, underpinned by the transition into the NDIS. Tulgeen was well prepared as we moved into this era of individualised funding, flexible service delivery and greater transparency, within a more competitive environment.” Grattan said.

Grattan paid tribute to retiring Director Gae Rheinberger who he said had been instrumental to Tulgeen’s success since her involvement began in 2000.

Tulgeen Client and Artist, Miriam Kydd presented Gae with a painting on behalf of the organisation as a form of appreciation.

Grattan also acknowledged Bob Westmacott’s role and contribution to Tulgeen. Due to a prior commitment, Bob was unable to attend the meeting.

Chair Grattan Smith described Tulgeen’s volunteers and dedicated staff as the ‘lifeblood’ of the organisation and said it was a privilege to lead a forward thinking, passionate and innovative Board.

The Tulgeen Board of Directors for 2017/2018 as pictured are from left standing- Dallys Baker, Grattan Smith (Chair), Chris Van Den Berg, seated- Peter Hughes, John Stylianou and Liam O’Duibhir.

Tulgeen committed to staff development

Tulgeen Disability Services has a strong commitment to support staff with their learning and development. As part of a recent initiative, four staff have been provided additional opportunities for career experience/advancement across the Tulgeen Group.

Expressions of interest were sought from current staff to act in coordinator and administrative roles across the organisation.  CEO Jen Russell said it was pleasing to have such a great response.

“We invited current staff to express interest to act in a position when people usually in those roles were on leave,” Jen explained.

“We were delighted at the response. All staff have indicated their interest in career pathways for professional development, effectively playing an important role in succession planning”, Jen went on to say.

“Congratulations to Kim, Petrina, Mark, Annie and Jacoba who will be mentored and supported in their placements”, Jen said.

Tulgeen CEO Jen Russell says she is excited for the next chapter of Tulgeen. “With our passionate, energetic and innovative bank of staff and volunteers, Tulgeen is absolutely thriving”, Jen said.


Pictured here- Mark, Kim, Jacoba and Petrina delighted to have the opportunity. Not in picture- Annie.

Monday Morning Dreaming

While the rain fell across the Bega Valley this morning, Graeme created this masterpiece of Uluru as part of Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage activity.

Through Art in the Garage, artists with a disability are free to dream and create in a creative, nurturing environment.

Congratulations Graeme, we love ‘Monday Morning Dreaming’.

Up up and away!

John had the BEST time on a recent scenic flight around Merimbula. Supported by Sharon, John had a birds eye view of the pristine Sapphire Coast.

They were having a great time right up until turbulence hit when they were just on the fringes of the Snowy Mountains. At the pilots’ suggestion they returned back to Merimbula.

John and Sharon then went for a walk on the boardwalk and enjoyed some lunch before heading home.

John and Sharon have been on a high ever since. 🛩️ BEST DAY EVER!

Tulgeen Open Day

Tulgeen hosted morning tea at Riverside Nursery today to highlight the importance of supported employment for people with disability.

Tulgeen has five Social Enterprises; Bega Valley Work Crew, Riverside Nursery, Stitches and Prints, Tulgeen Shredding and Tulgeen Packaging Services.

Riverside Nursery is a full retail nursery in Bega providing superior service, very competitive prices and quality products.

Tulgeen’s supported employees have great working conditions, including decent wages, hours that suit their lifestyles, and the ability to make social connections.

If supported employment is listed in your NDIS plan, please get in touch