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.




Tulgeen welcomes 2017 with excitement and anticipation as we build on the successes and achievements of 2016; a highlight was our successful transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  All Tulgeen’s clients within the first cohort for Southern NSW have their First Plans and planning for clients in the second cohort is well underway.  We are delighted to report that we have had a very positive experience with the NDIS and it is making a positive impact on the lives of people with disability.

The work commenced in 2014 to ready Tulgeen for the NDIS has positioned us well for success.  Tulgeen moves into the future with a robust workforce underpinned by policies, systems and processes supported by appropriate ICT.  Our diverse range of NDIS services is provided by an multi-disciplinary team of professionals and informed by evidenced-based industry good practice.  Tulgeen is proud of our achievements and we look forward with enthusiasm to 2017 and to welcoming new NDIS participants to our service and extending our offering across the Southern NSW area.

And 2016 comes to a happy close…

We love the end of the year and our annual 1Tulgeen Christmas party when many of our community – clients, their families, Tulgeen volunteers, business partners and our amazing staff have a chance to  come together to farewell the year.


As always, our send off for 2016 was a joyous occasion with a visit from Santa and gifts for all, Linda Sang’s delightful food and a riot of colour as we all embraced the Hawaiian theme.


There were a number of Good Practice Achievement Awards presented.  Congratulations to all our recipients.  The Good Practice Award for Outstanding Achievement was posthumously awarded to Danny Halpin and was proudly received by his wife Carrie Ann Halpin and his daughters Bridie and Asha.  Rest in Peace Danny – you are lovingly remembered  everyday at Tulgeen.


The inaugural Broadhead Award for Outstanding Leadership was presented to Joanne McNamara with the Broadhead Award for Outstanding Achievement presented to Allana Ruddick in her absence.  Carol Broadhead was a foundation staff member of  the fledgling Tulgeen thirty eight years ago and a volunteer prior to that.  It was a great honour to have her attend and present at the Christmas party.

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L:Carol Broadhead with Jo McNamara and R: Carol with CEO, Jen Russell

Our grateful thanks to Morgans Financial of Merimbula who have supported this event for the third year running.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!  Stay safe.



Valued Customers and Clients – please note our holiday trading and business hours are as follows:


RIVERSIDE NURSERY – Open throughout the season Mon to Sat: 9am to 5pm, Sun: 10am to 4pm. CLOSED ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.  Phone – 6492 4151

BEGA VALLEY WORK CREW – Closed from COB 22 December and reopening on 3 Jan 2017.

STITCHES AND PRINT – Closed from COB 22 December and reopening on 9 January 2017.


INSYNC – Closed from COB 22 December and Reopening on 3 January 2017.  Open only to pre-booked respite clients.

Residential In-Home Support – Business As Usual


Closed from COB 23 December and Reopening on 3 January 2017.

Thank you


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On behalf of all at Tulgeen,  I  would like to take this opportunity to thank  our clients, advocates, families, volunteers, benefactors, suppliers and Board Members for your ongoing commitment to Tulgeen, regardless of your involvement.  Through the challenges of the National Disability Scheme implementation which will continue for some time yet, we are feeling very positive that by continuing to work collaboratively we can achieve great outcomes for clients and their families.

Whatever your holiday plans we hope you have the best time and please stay safe.

From all of us at Tulgeen we wish you Seasons Greetings, and a very happy 2017.   Jen Russell, CEO.


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Tulgeen’s Riverside Nursery has been successful in securing Community Building Partnership support towards its Community Garden project ‘Community Food Basket and Living Room.’ The NSW Community Building Partnership program creates more vibrant and inclusive communities by supporting projects that encourage community participation, inclusion and cohesion, and deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes. Support from the Community Building Partnership Program will contribute towards paving in the garden to ensure its full accessibility and towards a covered gazebo area.


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Tulgeen’s ‘Community Food Basket and Living Room’ will be a fully accessible and integrated netted garden and indoor-outdoor living space which achieves the following:

  • Enhances the existing nursery environment providing supported employment for people with disability and community volunteers, adding diversity to their current task base.
  • Creates opportunity for increased employment and participation – volunteers, supported employees, Work for the Dole participants, long term unemployed.
  • Utilises innovative landscaping techniques and products creating a fully accessible and sensory experience- recycled non-toxic sleepers used for garden beds that can pull out over a seat/wheelchair/walker.
  • Creates a space for inter-generational contact as everyone needs a garden. It is suitable for family day care groups through to aged care groups and everyone of all abilities in-between.
  • Creates an extended living space for the local community especially individuals who are isolated by disability. mobility and/or age.
  • A visually stunning space that engages all your senses (so impairment does not matter) that will be a destination and attraction in itself for the broader community and visitors.
  • A shared community gathering space and resource which promotes inclusion, active and healthy living and creates connections between individuals and groups.

The project has received its Development Approval from the Bega Valley Shire Council and negotiations are underway at present to obtain the Construction Certificate.