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Jaime, Tammy and Blake
Jaime, Tammy and Blake

FORBES SHIRE COUNCIL PLANNING BIG DAY FOR INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY DAY

WHILE International Day of People with Disability has been a world-wide event since 1992, every year since 1996, the Australian Government has been supporting International Day of People with Disability and provided funds to promote awareness around the country.

This year, Forbes Shire Council is also planning a series of big events in a bid to recognise and acknowledge people with disability around the region in what promises to be an action-packed day of fun.

Forbes Shire Council is calling on all NDIS providers to jump on-board and already interest has been significant with Currajong Disability Services the latest to get involved in this flagship day.

“We are extremely happy Currajong is a very active participant in promoting awareness for people with disability,” said Currajong Communications, New Business Development and Marketing Manager Dane Millerd .

“After the success of the Currajong Golf Day fundraiser recently we are tickled pink to be involved.

“Like last year,  the event will be held at the Forbes Memorial Pool where  a series of games and activities for people including volleyball will be held and Forbes Shire Council will also run a BBQ,” Dane said.

The theme for International Day of People with Disability for 2018 is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. According to the United Nations, 2018’s theme focuses on empowering people with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

“We are glad to be a part of this and continue to engage with the Forbes community – in particular our relationship with Forbes Shire Council,” said Dane.

“This event promises to be the best yet.

“I hope we see a strong turn-out not just supporting local enterprise but as a way to help our people with disability”.

For more details check out the Forbes Shire Council website at this link –

http://www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/

Sanu Maliyil, Thomas Davis and Jeff Evans of CDS ready for the Forbes Currajong Charity Golf Day.
Sanu Maliyil, Thomas Davis and Jeff Evans of CDS ready for the Forbes Currajong Charity Golf Day.

THE inaugural Forbes Currajong Disability Services Charity Golf Day was held last weekend on Sunday November 4 at Forbes Golf Club.

The event, which was a fundraiser for Currajong Disability Services, was a three-person Ambrose team competition and attracted entries from Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin. In total there were 66 players.

“We have absolutely floored with the interest and turn out for the event,” said Currajong Disability Services Communications and Marketing Manager, Dane Millerd.

“We held a BBQ, lucky door raffles and trivia on the day as well.

“There was also a silent auction for some blue chip items,” said Millerd.

In total there were 21 sponsors and 13 major prize events with final fundraising numbers still being counted.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters Wan Wah Chinese Restaurant, Forbes Services Club, Subway Forbes, Local Legends Entertainment, Westpac Forbes, Forbes Golf Club, Bunnings, Target Parkes, Gotta Love It, Spotlight Forbes, InkheArt, Roylances, Dolly Allan, Post Office Hotel, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Power Tools Plus, Forbes Pre-School, Parkes Caravans, Blue Sky and of course Bernardi’s for the food and Forbes Shire Council who kindly came on-board to run the BBQ and promote the event.

“We couldn’t have a day like this without them!” said Millerd.

“The difference all our sponsors, staff, volunteers and contributors have made is immeasurable and it cannot be stated enough how much we at Currajong appreciate all that has been done.”

THE inaugural Forbes Currajong Disability Services Charity Golf Day is looming as preparations are finalised for this blue chip event on Sunday November 4.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Currajong Disability Services, is a three-person Ambrose team competition with a 10am shotgun start.

“We have 18 hole and 9 hole competitions for both golfers and non-golfers,” said Currajong Disability Services Communications and Marketing Manager, Dane Millerd.

“Naturally, we encourage everyone to come along and there will be a BBQ, raffles and trivia on the day as well.

“The cost for the 18 hole competition is $20 per person and $14 per person for 9 holes,” said Millerd.

With bookings filling fast now is the time to get your teams of three together and dust off the golf clubs!

“We have some tremendous prizes on the day and an event like this couldn’t be held without them,” said Millerd.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters Wan Wah Chinese Restaurant, Forbes Services Club, Subway Forbes, Local Legends Entertainment, Westpac Forbes, Bunnings, Target Parkes, Gotta Love It, Spotlight Forbes, InkheArt, Roylances, Dolly Allan, Post Office Hotel, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Power Tools Plus, Forbes Pre-School, Blue Sky and of course Bernardi’s for the food and Forbes Shire Council who have kindly come on-board to run the BBQ and promote the event.

“We couldn’t have a day like this without them!” said Millerd.

Some of the other keynote items include a signed Penrith Panthers cap by Panthers legend Royce Simmons, a 2018 GWS Giants AFL ball signed by the team and a signed Mad Max piece of memorabilia by Australian screen legend Roger Ward. It all bodes well for a great spectacle.

To sign up your team call 02 68511554 or to donate call 02 68634713.

Cooper - Christmas 2017
Cooper - Christmas 2017

MOURNERS from far and wide gathered last Friday October 12 in Parkes to lay to rest local favourite Cooper Thomson.

Cooper, who was only 21, was an extremely well-liked and popular member of the community. Whether it was friends and staff at Currajong Disability Services in Parkes, his buddies from Parkes Golf Club or the broader community – Cooper’s infectious personality and cheekiness were legendary. Where ever he went he left his mark on everyone like very few could.

A Cronulla Sharks tragic, Cooper spent his life living it to the fullest and defying popular convention.

He was told he wouldn’t walk, so he walked at age 5. He was told he couldn’t do many things but he did them anyway. He was one of a kind and his adventurous spirit, sense of humour and warmth will be sorely missed.

Some people come into our lives and quietly go. Others come, stay awhile, leave footprints in our hearts and we are never the same again.

RIP Coop – we will miss you mate and we love you more than you’ll know.

From everyone at Currajong Disability Services – thank you for letting us into your life and condolences to the Thomson family during this difficult time.

ROLL up the swag, fuel up the F350, turn on the wireless and don’t forget to pack the thongs because Australia’s Biggest Bogan Festival (ABBF) will be held at Bogan Gate next July 12 and 13 (2019) and Currajong Disability Services has been named as the inaugural charity of choice.

In a real positive for CDS, proceeds from some of the activities during the festival will go directly to CDS and the clients that need it. It’s a big win for Currajong according to ABBF promoter and Currajong Communications Marketing and New Business Development Manager Dane Millerd.

“I am extremely pleased that the ABBF working group have agreed to help raise funds for Currajong Disability Services,” Dane said.

“It was important when I started out that Currajong were looked-after.

“This festival will go some way towards helping CDS and of course the local Bogan Gate community,” said Dane.

“The support within CDS and in the street has been tremendous!”

Some of the bogan events throughout the weekend will include air guitar, best mullet, Bogan Fashions of the Field, best tattoo and a sausage sandwich eating competition.

“We also have husband calling and it has proven to be popular with Currajong staff,” Dane said.

“I think it will be a real draw card – especially for people actually looking for their husbands.

“Seriously though, it’s a great initiative and supporting an even better cause.”

Left to Right: Ben Howard (Parkes Shire Council), Peter Guppy, Cr Louise O’Leary, Shellene Castleman (Ability Links NSW), Corey Rowbotham (Lachlan Area Health), Cr Ken McGrath, Steven Campbell (Parkes Shire Council), Lisa Martin, Jeffery Evans (Currajong Disabilities), Pam Symonds (Neighbourhood Central). Absent: Jodie Thompson, Sharyn Ware, Cr Ken Keith, Kent Boyd.

Council has re-established the Parkes Shire Access Committee with its first meeting convened on Tuesday June 26.

The role of the Access Committee is as an advisory committee to Council regarding access issues for people with disabilities across the community.

The committee has representation from across the community including Councillors, Neighbourhood Central, Currajong Disabilities, Ability Links, Lachlan Area Health and a number of individual community members.

Committee Chair, Cr Ken McGrath says access issues can relate to a wide range of lifestyle aspects, not just physical movement.

“The Parkes Shire Access Committee will address many issues of access including access to services, employment, events, communication, transport and building access,” Cr McGrath said.

The committee’s core functions are:

– To provide a forum for the discussion of matters pertaining to disability access

– To assist in the implementation of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan

– To promote greater awareness, understanding, support and positive attitudes on disability issues.

The committee will act as a conduit for consultation around Council’s major infrastructure developments and events to highlight potential issues and better plan for access, develop awareness campaigns, lobby government and agencies for better services and create meaningful conversations around access issues in the Shire.

“Council’s Disability Action and Inclusion Plan maps out strategies for Council to implement and measure to ensure we are making a positive difference to people with a disability,” Cr McGrath said.

“These strategies focus on four key areas including changing attitudes and behaviours, creating liveable communities, improving our systems and processes and creating greater access to employment opportunities with Council.”

Council has also committed $10,000 in funding to an Access Incentive Scheme which will be administered by the Access Committee on an annual basis.

Further details around the Access Incentive Scheme will be formulated by the Committee and shared via Council’s communications channels in the near future.

  • Story courtesy of the Parkes Champion Post

CAPTION – Left to Right: Ben Howard (Parkes Shire Council), Peter Guppy, Cr Louise O’Leary, Shellene Castleman (Ability Links NSW), Corey Rowbotham (Lachlan Area Health), Cr Ken McGrath, Steven Campbell (Parkes Shire Council), Lisa Martin, Jeffery Evans (Currajong Disabilities), Pam Symonds (Neighbourhood Central). Absent: Jodie Thompson, Sharyn Ware, Cr Ken Keith, Kent Boyd.

Team Leader Indigo Kriedemann (back) with Rhyse Forrestal, Ian Kaupke and Cherie Lovett (seated) being interviewed for Employable Me series two.
Team Leader Indigo Kriedemann (back) with Rhyse Forrestal, Ian Kaupke and Cherie Lovett (seated) being interviewed for Employable Me series two.

LAST Wednesday, clients from Currajong Disability Services were interviewed by Laura Grace, producer at Northern Pictures for series 2 Employable Me.

Employable Me was the unexpected hit on ABC last year when it tracked the progress and struggles of nine individuals battling disability (autism) as they sought to break the cycle of long-term unemployment and find a job.

Based on the successful UK series, Employable Me series 2 has cast the net wider by accepting more people with a range of disabilities as opposed to those only on the Autism Spectrum. This series will explore how a number of people with disabilities strive to find work while battling and managing their own unique challenges.

Northern Pictures held interviews with 150 people with disabilities across Australia including six from Currajong Disability Services. They were Cherie Lovett, Fiona McGonigal, Thomas Davis, Kyal Sauer, Ian Kaupke and Rhyse Forrestal. All six left a strong impression on the producers of the show and a final decision will be made within the next week or so.

“Filming will commence in September and we are hopeful at least one of our clients will be a part of the show however that is a decision for the series producers,” said Dane Millerd of CDS.

“As you can imagine, there are many worthy and outstanding candidates so the choice to narrow it down from 150 to 9 wouldn’t be easy.

“Our candidates did an amazing job and gave a great account of themselves.”

After shooting preliminary footage in September, Northern Pictures would then wrap production close to Christmas with the new series scheduled to be aired in early 2019.

“It would be incredible for any one of our clients if they were to be selected for the show,” said Dane.

“Getting selected is one thing, getting a job would be the icing on the cake for many who have been unemployed for years.

“For Currajong, the exposure for us and the Parkes, Lachlan and Forbes region would be enormous.”

For Fiona McGonigal being on the show is certainly a highlight but the need to work and one day run her own working farm was of fair greater significance.

“I’d love to one day have enough money and independence to have my own farm with horses, cattle, dogs and to do that I need an income,” Fiona said.

Currently, Fiona volunteers at the child care centre here in Parkes one day a week.

For Thomas Davis and Kyal Sauer, the tale is very similar to Fiona’s and both need work to gain their independence and build their confidence.

“I have a Cert 1 in Horticultural Studies and would love to work with Council outdoors,” said Thomas Davis.

“I have had experience with the Green Army but it was discontinued.

“I am really passionate about gardening and landscaping and being outdoors and if I was to get a job in that field it would allow me to get my own place and do things I am not doing at the moment,” he said.

Similarly, Kyal is keen to get his HR license and drive trucks for a living as he has a passion for the auto and motor industries.

“I already have my P2 car license so to get a truck license would be great,” he said.

“It is all I have ever wanted to do.

“It would then allow me to do more things I can’t do at the moment,” said Kyal, who has high-functioning autism.

Watch this space for more info and updates regarding the show and fingers crossed for our super six!

To view the season promo trailer of EMPLOYABLE ME click this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4h5k8RsLIM

Ian 'Thorpedo' Kaupke with his historical haul of trophies.
Ian 'Thorpedo' Kaupke with his historical haul of trophies.

IAN Kaupke like most, has many chapters to his story. On the surface it would appear the Peak Hill native and CDS client is a typical country guy who loves the outdoors, wide open spaces and animals. Dig deeper and you’ll find he’s not just a good bloke and doting son but an outstanding sportsman.

From his days in Newcastle at Belmont High where he was coached by Brad Austin for gymnastics and trampoline to swimming, heptathlon and tenpin bowling. Ian is not merely competing, he is excelling and at one point was touted for the Paralympics.

“I only stopped because Peak Hill was a bit too remote and the training I needed couldn’t be done when we moved here,’ said Ian.

“I do hold out hope of being able to compete one day  – especially in trampoline or tenpin bowling but it would require a move if I am serious about it.

“I’m only 32 so some of those sports age isn’t a factor.”

Kaupke, who counts Ian Thorpe and Kurt Fearnley among his idols, hopes to one day eventually be an icon for the next person coming through.

“I love this stuff. Sport is a good way to not only learn new skills but also meet new people and grow confidence as well as help people,” said Ian.

“In the meantime I am concentrating on family and friends and who knows – maybe one day I’ll return to the sports I love,” he said.

We hope so too Ian.

Karen Willis had a ball at the SES Open Day
Karen Willis had a ball at the SES Open Day

THE Parkes SES held its annual open day and another large turn out of crowds was on display for the event.

For some CDS clients, it was a chance to learn more about the SES, what they do and how they work for the community.

According to Wikipedia and other online sources, The State Emergency Service (SES) is the name used by a number volunteer organisations in Australia that provide emergency help during and after declared (natural or otherwise) disasters, typically flood, storm or tsunami.

The SES also assist in other emergencies, such as vertical and road crash rescue and medical emergency. In other scenarios the SES may provide a support role to other agencies, particularly police and fire. The SES is operational 24 hours a day.

The SES is constituted as separate organisations operating in different Australian states and territories. Eight of the SES organisations co-ordinate through the Australian Council of State and Territory Emergency Services (ACSES).

During World War II the National Emergency Service was created on 1 February 1939 to provide air raid wardens with the organisation disbanded six months after the end of the war].

The Civil Defence Service began in Australia in 1955. It was formed as a precaution to any potential attacks on Australian soil. The name was changed to the “State Emergency Service” (abbreviated to “SES”) during the 1970s, to reflect a change of emphasis into providing emergency help related to floodsstorms and other natural emergencies. Every state and territory in Australia has its own State (or Territory) Emergency Service, and there are 43,000 volunteers spread across the country. Each state or territory is broken into regions, then units, and finally groups or teams.

Have you thought about volunteering?  The Parkes Unit is looking for keen, enthusiastic and dependable people. Whatever your fitness level, background, skills or training, you can always contribute in some way.  What about operations management, communications, logistics, community education, catering, maintenance or planning?  All valuable skills that support the more-visible field and response work.

Art Therapist Maralyn Nash with Sarah Bowkett
Art Therapist Maralyn Nash with Sarah Bowkett

FROM fledgling painter to in-demand exhibitor, Sarah Bowkett’s journey from canvas to display has been nothing short of incredible – so much so that she has attracted the attention of national broadcaster Prime7 on the eve of her maiden exhibition on Friday September 14 through to Friday September 21 at the Parkes Shire Library foyer.

Guided by renowned art therapist Maralyn Nash, Sarah has gone from strength to strength not only as an artist but also with her confidence and self-belief.

“She has come along in leaps and bounds,” said Service Delivery Manager Jodie Turner.

“From being apprehensive about pursuing her painting to producing some memorable creations Sarah has really thrived under Maralyn’s mentoring.

“It is testament to not only Maralyn’s amazing rapport and skills but Sarah’s willingness and dedication,” said Jodie.

Speaking in her art room sanctuary at Currajong before her first to-camera interview with Prime7 Central West, Sarah was jovial and relaxed about the exhibition.

“When I draw I feel free to express myself without anyone telling me what to do,” said Sarah.

“I really enjoy time with Maralyn.

“Being around Maralyn is as good as painting,” she said.

The results speak for themselves.

Sarah is currently working on a painting of Dolphins inspired by the famous Dolphin fresco from the ancient Palace of King Minos, Knossos, Crete.

“As background, all of Sarah’s paintings have been inspired by different periods in Art History,” said Maralyn.

“From Expressionism – Vincent Van Gogh, French Impressionism – Monet, Byzantine – Religious icons and Italian Renaissance – the Mona Lisa painting – Sarah has been trying it all.

“It is a very exciting time in her development and journey!”