Ships Ahoy!

This week Tulgeen clients and supporting staff were offered a fantastic opportunity to join the crew on the Young Endeavour currently berthed in the port of Eden. A  three hour voyage of hands on participation and memory making moments!  Tulgeen would like to thank the Young Endeavour Foundation, the crew of the ship and our own wonderful staff enabling such a wonderful opportunity for community inclusion.   Click on the link for more of this story.


Transport Initiative by State Government needs your input

Dear All,

This is an initiative from the State Government Local Member Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure called Point 2 Point transport. Point 2 Point will be trialed in the Bega Valley as a local initiative and if successful will be rolled out across New South Wales. Point 2 Point initiative aims to increase transport options for people with disability, Aged and infirm by bringing together local community resources to overcome lack in public transport.

The Stage Government will support local community to develop Point 2 Point solutions for people e.g. we may be able to provide increased bus trips between towns and in or around the bigger towns so we need to get current information where people need to travel to and from their homes in their local town or between them so that with the State Government with support from local Government and the community we can develop local solutions.

We urge everyone to complete the survey attached or via this link:

We want your families and friends or anyone you know with a disability to please compete and forward around to everyone they know. Please forward this email to community services that you are working with.




Tulgeen and Yumaro Collaboration

Tulgeen Disability Services and Yumaro are pleased to announce the joint collaboration of our respective organisations to develop and grow opportunities across the Eurobodalla-Shoalhaven region and the Bega Valley Shire.  There are many similarities that connect our organisations including our individual missions to support people with disability to have and maintain full and abundant lives.

Yumaro offers meaningful employment across their ADE’s in Moruya and the Shoalhaven, and more recently growing and developing their community participation and in home support services.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between our agencies with the aim to foster and develop our relationship to facilitate collaboration on projects and to foster trust and open dialogue in this now competitive NDIS market place.  Both agencies expect to maximize efficiencies including direct referrals, business opportunities with possible joint ventures, purchase power, research and development of systems and processes, training for staff and supported employees, and continued growth and development of in home supports, respite and community inclusion.

Tulgeen looks to the future with great anticipation, working with and alongside all agencies in a collaborative manner that benefits NDIS participants, their families and our local communities.


Yumaro CEO Mark Brantingham and TDS CEO Jen Russell formalise our agreement


TDS proudly advancing through the NDIS implementation

CEO Update:

Tulgeen is swiftly advancing through the implementation of the NDIS with approximately 80% of clients now having an active NDIS plan.  Tulgeen continues to work collaboratively with clients both current and new,  their Advocates and other agencies to ensure a seamless transition.   We have worked with all to overcome challenges, and we remain very optimistic that clients will benefit over time to this new model of greater choice and control.

We would like to thank clients/advocates and other agencies for their cooperation and understanding as we learn from each other every day.  Our Support Coordination Team have done a wonderful job and will continue to do so.  They can be contacted on 64990 641, ask for Kate Smith.

Our Service Support Team has also been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that our financial and other governance systems and processes meet all the regulatory requirements.  Tulgeen is also about to have our Third Party Verification audit done at the end of this month, so its been busy!

The new structure previously announced, is now in place and we continue to transition this over the next 2-3 months.

We are currently recruiting to positions.  An announcement shortly on the appointment of our new Media/Marketing role will be made, and we continue to work towards finding the right person for the Enterprise Managers role.  If the latter is of interest, please look at our website further.

Tulgeen acknowledges the team effort it has taken to get us to this point, and we appreciate the commitment and effort of our colleagues.


Coordination of Supports

Tulgeen welcomes members of the community to contact us on 64990641 to discuss your wishes and preferred options as part of your NDIS plan implementation. Our Support Coordinators, Kate and Karen can connect you with what the Bega Valley Shire community and other local services have to offer.  Let our vision ‘enabling a good life’ support you to achieve your life goals.   If you would like an obligation free conversation or meeting please call 64990641 and ask for Kate or Karen.

Riverside Nursery prepares for the 2017 Bega Show

The Bega Show is a good opportunity to promote Tulgeen.  For the past four years, the Tulgeen’s Riverside Nursery has provided a display for the Bega Show to promote its services to the community as well as showcase 1Tulgeen.

The Riverside Nursery team of Supported Employees and staff were busy at the Showground today arranging the Tulgeen display.

Make sure you have a look as you wander around the show over the next few days!!



On 6 January, Tulgeen clients from INSYNC@merimbula had the opportunity to visit the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship Tenacious which was docked at local port Eden.  Facilitated by former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes who is participating as a sailor on the tall ship’s journey as it sails from Sydney across Bass Strait via ports along the way.  Tenacious is a tall ship belonging to the Jubilee Sailing Trust.  Whilst the parent organisation is UK-based, the JST have established an Australian presence – JST Australia.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust is an international, United Nations accredited disability charity, promoting integration through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing.  The JST takes men and women of all abilities to sea, to not only teach them how to crew a tall ship, but to promote equality, sharing and to celebrate our individual differences by working together to achieve greater things.

Supported by three supported workers, some Tulgeen clients got a lifetime opportunity to visit the Tenacious as it berthed in Eden and were show the decks and ropes by Graeme Innes.  The Tulgeen visitors got a chance to meet Captain Barbara Campbell and world champion sailor, Kylie Forth, an amputee and blind.  Graeme Innes who is blind explained how the talking compass allowed  him to steer the ship.

Such an inspiration for people with disability to see other people with disability role modelling an extraordinary life.

The JST is offering Australians of all abilities sailing adventures in 2017.  For more information click here.

2017 Message


Happy 2017 to all Tulgeen’s clients, advocates, families and supporters.  I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.

Tulgeen has started 2017 where we left off in 2016 with the fast advance of the NDIS implementation into our region. From recent experience, it is clear that many NDIS participants presenting at Tulgeen require additional support in navigating this new system.  To explore this, a  ‘Coordination of Supports Project’ has been established to manage this element of NDIS Plan facilitation.  ‘Coordination of Supports’ is a funded item in some NDIS Plans and Tulgeen is being  requested by clients and Advocates to provide this service.  Tulgeen has recognised and identified that the actual need is greater than first anticipated, as Clients and Advocates are finding they too require additional support in managing Plans, especially these First Plans.

To meet this demand, Tulgeen has appointed a project team, comprising Mitch Van Reesch, Project Coordinator with Kate Smith and Karen Machan working collaboratively as ‘Coordinators of Support’ to facilitate the seamless delivery of services while supporting Advocates and clients with the challenges they face during transition.   The project team are all located in Cooinda at 26 Eden Street, Bega, and any enquiries about NDIS plans should be directed to the team by calling 6499 0800 or simply drop in.

This project will also measure the potential for a future Coordination of Supports business stream as the NDIS further expands in our region.  This will assist Tulgeen to identify if there is need for an ongoing Coordination of Supports and/or a  Plan Management role.   In the interim, the Coordination of Supports Project team has full carriage of this project, supervised by the CEO and with the full support of the Tulgeen team.   A reference group will be established to support this project.

To facilitate the above, Karen Machan’s role as INSYNC Coordinator will be undertaken by Heather Cameron .  Heather will manage day to day operations at INSYNC  with Karen’s continued general oversight.  Allana Ruddick will undertake INSYNC ‘s Team Leader role and Adriane Rees will lead the team responsible for INSYNC’s complex needs clients.  During this time, please direct all INSYNC enquiries  to Heather and/or Allana, in the first instance on 6499 0845.

Tulgeen has successfully lodged invoices to the NDIA  with payments made promptly.  We are progressing well with lots of interest from potential customers, and we are accepting new clients. Many current clients have received increased hours of support in their NDIS First Plans which is an excellent outcome for them,  and for Tulgeen.  As a result, Tulgeen is currently recruiting additional Disability Support Workers to join our front line team.  If you know someone with excellent integrity, a passion for working with people within a team environment, who has experience in the industry or who is interested in gaining experience, and  qualifications please refer them to our website.

This is all fantastic news for 1Tulgeen and has only been achieved by the contributions and commitment of the entire Tulgeen staff team.


Jen Russell, CEO

Tulgeen support helps young artist to win NSW Government Artist’s Support Grant

Featured in Bega District News on 6 Jan 2017:  Choreographer Gabriela Green plans to bring inclusive dance to Bega.

Dancer Gabriela Green from Bega’s own fLinG Physical Theatre  has been successful in her application to travel and study inclusive dance in Germany.  Gabriela and fLinG artistic director, Rob visited INSYNC for some dancing last year.

Tulgeen wrote a strong letter in support of Gabriela’s application.  During negotiations in 2016, it was agreed if successful, Gabriela would work with Tulgeen’s clients to produce ‘On Display’ a dance installation for all abilities by choreographer Heidi Latsky.  This has been performed all over the world.

The idea of ‘On Display’ is stage a public performance in Littleton Gardens to celebrate International Day of People with Disability in 2017, inviting members of the public to join in as we work towards the actual installation.  It’s intention is to be a TRUE COLLABORATION between people of ALL abilities and a celebration of community.  Tulgeen invites all members of the community to join us when the time comes.