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Early Childhood Intervention Services bid farewell to Berrigan Shire Council and hello to Kurrajong Therapy Plus.


Berrigan Shire, Kurrajong Therapy Plus, Family and Community Services, clients of the service, and local service providers, were on hand at an afternoon tea held Wednesday 9th August to celebrate the transition of Early Childhood Intervention Services from Berrigan Shire Council to Kurrajong Therapy Plus. 

Berrigan Shire Mayor Matthew Hannan, stated “The decision to release the service was a difficult one, and not one made lightly. The Council’s service model for ECIS was not one that would suit the new National Disability Insurance Scheme funding model so we reluctantly sought partners to operate the service, and we are grateful that we have found such a perfect fit in Kurrajong.” 

“Council’s aim in transition was to ensure that service would continue to be delivered locally, by local people for local people, and I am really pleased that Council has been able to deliver on this aim.” 

Berrigan Shire General Manager, Rowan Perkins, in his farewell 
stated “Margaret has been employed with the Council for twelve years, and has been a loyal and dedicated staff member over that time, always putting her client’s needs before her own.”  

Berrigan Shire Director Corporate Services, Matthew Hansen, commended Margaret Graham on her work with ECIS.  “I have watched Marg grow the service in the past twelve years, from working on a shoe-string budget in the small office at Memorial Park, to the greater resources here in the rear of the Finley Library building, where the service will stay.”  

Margaret Graham, Early Intervention Officer, remarked that she will miss the Berrigan Shire Council staff and that staff are now looking at moving forward to working as part of the Kurrajong Therapy Plus team. 

“Thank you to everyone who has supported this service, my clients, the staff who have worked with me through the years, allied professionals, Council staff and the broader community.  My priority through this changing environment is to ensure that clients continue to be looked after” Margaret said.

Manager of Kurrajong Therapy Plus services, Susan Macgillycuddy, who has been working with Margaret and the Early Childhood Intervention team for many years said that “she was keen not only to start planning to expand the local service, but also to maintain the good working relationships that exists between services in the area.”

According to Susan exciting times lay ahead for the area with the potential to expand to cater for more clients and a broader range of clients through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Riverina and Murray Regions from 1
st July this year, previous areas of unmet, reasonable care and support that people with disability and their families have, can now start to be met through the scheme”, Susan said.

Susan also reassured everyone that the service would continue to operate with its current hours, contact numbers, location and staffing.

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