Thriving in our Community

ABOUT US

Our story so far, and we are a long way from done…

It all began in 1994, when a group of parents of people with a disability started meeting to discuss what support options would be available for their children on the Atherton Tablelands. These discussions were originally focused on supporting people with a disability to link into their community on the Tablelands which is where the name of the organisation came from.

After much community consultation and assistance from the then ‘Department of Family, Youth & Community Care’, funding was sought to start a small community linking support service for Tablelanders with a disability. A small office in Tolga was located and Tableland Community Link Association Incorporated commenced operations in 1995.

The model of support at this time was based on ‘flow-through’ which meant each person would have a specific goal around community linking and once that goal had been achieved via support they would then become inactive and the service would commence supporting another person.

We are constantly adapting and evolving to meet the needs of our people

It soon became apparent that people who had higher and ongoing support needs were unable to access this type of flow-through model of support because they were always going to need assistance in some form or another. So, throughout 1995 the Committee re-commenced community consultations to see what type of assistance was needed for people with disabilities who required on-going support to access their community.

In 1997, TCL gained funding to purchase and modify a Ford Transit Van for clients who used wheelchairs. At the time it was the most up-to-date disability modifications on the market. It wasn’t until 2007 that TCL staff realised how dated and cumbersome the external hoist and van had become when it was replaced by a Toyota Tarago with an internal ramp, air-conditioning throughout and modifications that were state of the art.

Our achievements have been made possible through Government Funding, Sponsorship, Donations and Bequests 

Between 1997 and 2010, Tableland Community Link received 39 individual funding packages to support people in both accommodation support and community linking. This funding was made up of: Post-School Support, Institutional Reform Support, Accommodation Lifestyle Support, Housing and Support for people with a psychiatric disability, support for people with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and a mental illness, support via the Family Support Program and support for privately funded clients via compensation payouts.

During 2009, Tableland Community Link successfully applied to provide support under the Flexible Respite service type. In the same year, TCL was successful in gaining additional block support hours for people with a disability who had ageing parents and/or carers under the new flexi-respite service type.

Other Achievements for Tableland Community Link

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Mothers Day Raffle 2024

Mothers Day Raffle 2024

   Support Tableland Community Link!🙌🤩 Mother’s Day Raffle – $2 a ticket or 3 for $5 Call into our office to buy a ticket or you might see us selling tickets at Big W on 11th & 16th April OR Buy tickets online below. MOTHER'S DAY RAFFLE 2024 $2 a ticket or 3 for...

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Mothers Day Raffle 2023

Mothers Day Raffle 2023

 Support Tableland Community Link! Bunnings Saturday 13th May 9am – 1pm Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall. Yummy Homemade assorted cakes $100 Board - $2/square for a chance to Win $100! Mother’s Day Raffle - $2 a ticket or 3 for $5 1st Prize- Gift Voucher to the Value of...

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Guess the Easter Eggs 2022

Guess the Easter Eggs 2022

CLOSED Guess how many Easter Eggs are in the jar for your chance to WIN and TAKE IT HOME! *T & C - winner (closest guess or first actual correct guess) will be notified privately on Wednesday 13th April, 2022. Winner wins the jar and contents only (other items...

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Auslan Course

Auslan Course

Ever wanted to learn Auslan???We are hosting an Auslan courseStart date - April 19th 2022 for 9 weeks (end date 14th June 2022)Day & Time Tuesday 6 - 8pm 11 Grove St AthertonCost = $250.00p/pREGISTRATION CLOSED!Register now to secure your spot. We require a...

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2020-2021 Annual Community Impact Report

2020-2021 Annual Community Impact Report

We held our AGM last week.   Please take the time to have a read of our Annual Community Impact Report, and celebrate with us our accomplishments and the impact we have had, after another challenging year. A snap shot of the year that was…  2020/2021  ...

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Trivia night

Trivia night

Thank you for your support!!! We raised $2,091.70 toward our extension. If you couldn't make it and would like to make a donation please head to our 'donate' tab on our home page. Lock it in!!! Friday 19th November at 6.30 Atherton International Club for our Trivia...

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Introducing The Gnomies

Introducing The Gnomies

We are excited to introduce you to... (from left to right) 'Gnomeo' who has Autism 'Geri Gnomess' who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair (named after actress Geri Jewell who has cerebral palsy) 'Sherlock Gnomes' who is vision impaired and his assistance dog 'Mr...

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Walk & Roll-a Thon 2021

Join us for ourColour 'n' Walk & Roll-a thon FUNdraiser. WHEN: Saturday 10th July, 9am - 12noon WHERE: Atherton Showgrounds There will be mini markets, cars & bikes, colour run, walk & roll-a thon, mini olympics, Sausage Sizzle, great coffee and lots of...

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The Gap

The Gap

2020 THE GAP (Grove Accommodation project) enters design stage.

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Staying Focused

TCL has remained true to its original vision and purpose, maintaining the philosophy that people with a disability have every right to the same...

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COVID Lockdown

COVID Lockdown

2020 – Covid-19 severely affect our organisations ability to provide supports to venerable community during lockdown. The Grove is utilised to...

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Big Plans, Big Future

Big Plans, Big Future

2019 – After much discussion with our committee and community groups preliminary planning commenced for a housing project focusing on challenges...

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2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

2019 Winner of the 2019 TRC Business Excellence Sustainability Contribution Award – Implements initiatives that have a positive community impact,...

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NDIS Rollout

NDIS Rollout

In July 2019 NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) rolled out in Qld. All clients fully rolled into the NDIS scheme by March 2019.

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The Grove Opened

The Grove Opened

The Grove opened in Nov 2018. A purpose built centre for our clients and others in the community. Read more about it here

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Movie Night

Movie Night

Aug 2018 – we worked with Maize festival ambassador Sharee Andrew and held a Movie night. We hope to make this an annual/ biannual event.

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Drop-in Centre

In 2010, TCL was offered free use of a room at the old primary school in the centre of Atherton by the Lions Club. This has been converted into an...

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Management Committee

President: Cath Till

Vice President / Secretary: Angie Lewis

Treasurer: Neil Clarke

General Committee Members: Katrina Mellick 

Committee Advisors:

Neil Clarke – Community Advisor 

Duesburys Accountants & Advisors – Financial Advisor  

 

 

Our Staff

Service Manager: Carrie de Brueys

Senior Support Coordinator:  Brooke Dunshea 

Support Coordinator: Monique Zappala

Support Coordinator: Trevor Cheesman 

Rostering Officer: Kerry Weir 

Finance Officer & Plan Management Support : Rebecca Wilkinson

Plan Manager & Finance Support: Diane Cortis

HR & Compliance Officer: Jo-Ann McDowell

Admin Officer: Arhlena Barton

‘The Grove’ Coordinators:  Hayley Bushell and Lana Beazley

Support Workers: We have a dedicated team of support workers who are undoubtedly our most valuable assets. Without them we would be unable to provide the quality service and support that we offer to Tablelanders with a disability and/or mental illness.

Management Committee and Staff