Client Carer Reference Group

The Kurrajong Board has recently established a formal advisory body called the Kurrajong Client Carer Reference Group (CCRG).

The CCRG provides feedback and suggestions to the Kurrajong Board on ways in which Kurrajong can be a more inclusive community organisation for people with disabilities. The CCRG also advises on ways that Kurrajong can continue to improve service delivery to our clients. Members of the CCRG are people with lived experience of disability and use their own experience and broader engagement with people with disability to provide this advice.

How can I provide my feedback to the CCRG?

Elizabeth McAndrew was elected at the first CCRG meeting as the Chairperson. We encourage you to contact Elizabeth if you would like to provide feedback or ideas around service improvements at Kurrajong. You can contact Elizabeth by emailing eg.mcandrew@gmail.com or calling 0428 582 422.

 

Meet the CCRG members

 

Elizabeth McAndrew - Chairperson

Elizabeth is a Mayrung (Deniliquin) local and has been involved with Kurrajong since 2013 when her daughter starting accessing services. Elizabeth has been involved with School Boards and P&C's as well as taking a hands on role with her daughters Special Education Unit and respite services. Elizabeth also has experience working in disability support and looks forward to helping Kurrajong services be the best they can be.

 

Danielle Pokoney

Moving to Wagga in 2012, Danielle has been involved with Kurrajong for over 6 years through her son who is a Kurrajong client. Danielle is a passionate advocate for the inclusion and wellbeing of people with disability. Danielle has first hand experience of navigating the NDIS, particularly the funding application process and has worked directly with both the NDIA and Kurrajong to secure funding. Danielle's work experience includes working for the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, in the ACT Health Complaints Commission and the Department of Education, Science and Training.

 

Dennis McGrath

Wagga local Dennis has acted as an NDIS plan coordinator for his son, who is a Kurrajong employee. Dennis also has experience as the Chairperson for the Disability Advocacy Network as well as being involved in local AFL Committee's. Dennis has an interest in ways to improve disability supports and will use his first-hand experience to contribute to the CCRG.

 

Lindy Farley

Lindy is the parent of a Wagga client who has now transitioned into employment with Kurrajong. Lindy has now worked through four annual plan reviews and has developed an understanding of the NDIS and the flexibility, freedom and opportunities it offers to people with disability. Lindy has experience as the Secretary for the Turvey Park Junior Australian Football and Netball club from 2010 - 2013.

 

Fred Lonergan

Fred and his son who is a long-time client of Kurrajong are Wagga locals. Fred has many years involvement with Kurrajong and has a working understanding of the NDIS from a parents perspective. Fred was in the NSW Police Force for 34 years, 23 years of those as CEO of Police Community Youth Club. Fred has been involved with many committees such as Rotary at a state and national level, Director of Group Training Employment Services and District Chair of Riverina Retired Police. 

 

 

Lee Broad

Lee is a Narrandera local and the parent of a Kurrajong client so has first hand experience with services pre and post NDIS. Lee is a former nurse and has experience being on school committees and a Narrandera Council reference group. Lee is looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the organisation in her role on the CCRG.