Aug 22

Celebrating Carer’s Week with Lunch & Show





Date: Mon 15 Oct’18

Time: 10am for 10.30am start – 2pm

Venue: Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd, Mt Eliza


FEATURING:Bernadette Mether

  • Bernadette Mether

  • Vaughan Wilson Piano

  • Beleura Village Choir

  • Chris Mc Conechey (The Master Of The Washboard)


MC Russell Joseph

Great Raffles and Door Prizes. Lots of fun for all.
Be a smarty make up a party!



Bookings essential. Call Kevin 97873730 or email:


ALL WELCOME supporters please pay $45.00 and primary carers $10 by 8/10/18. Includes show and a delicious meal catered by Blue Mini, complimentary drink, tea & coffee. Note dietary requirements when booking.

CLA Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 A/C 141576942 State name & ‘Carers lunch’.

CLA Carers lunch sponsors

Jul 30

Invite: CLA General Meeting & Guest Speaker August 2018

CLA Members & Parents/Carers welcomeCLA Logo


Date: Mon 27 August

Time: 10am for 10.30am start – 1.30pm close

Venue: Conference room Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd Mt Eliza


General meeting attendees welcome @ 10am or 11am for guest speaker

GUEST SPEAKERS at 11am: Ashley Whitelaw OT Student
Monash University Frankston & Libby Callaway Senior
Lecturer OT Department Monash University Frankston

Relevance to the NDIS

  • Ashley completed a research paper on exploring caregiver’s experience of their family member’s transition to a new model of supported housing.

  • Rich insight to the issues faced by family carers (CLA members contributed to the study)

  • Ashley will present her results

  • Libby will speak on Specialist Disability Accommodation OT Assessment

  • Occupational Therapist has to complete a Functional Capacity/Support Needs Assessment of the participant

  • Good practice SDA reports: Monash is involved in SDA and Non SDA housing projects

Audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of both speakers


A light lunch will be provided, please indicate any dietary requirements when booking.

Please book early as limited places available.

RSVP by 20 August

Bookings / Inquiries to:
Secretary CLA Marie Hell,
Chair Kevin Turner 03 9787 3739

Jun 29

Great support at Bunnings Sizzle

Big thank you to those who popped in for a snag on Wednesday May 23rd and the volunteers who braved the cold weather. You helped us raise a whopping $1,200 – all to go towards supporting carers of children with disability. On behalf of them we thank you deeply!

CLA Sausage Sizzle at BunningsCLA Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings


May 23

CLA visit the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

On Thursday April 26th a small group of people from the Community Lifestyle Accommodation group attended for sailing in the Rosza’s Beneteau, Amalie and lunch courtesy of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS).

Activity such as this as part of the Sailability Blairgowrie program is in a small way support for both the parents and their children – all abilities and no experience needed.

On a 44 foot yacht we went out towards the heads, past Sorrento and Portsea with the motor running, then turned to come home by sail it was magical, no sounds, it was like we were gliding on the water. Two hours of complete relaxation, slight wind and blue sky. Club members went out of their way to make us welcome.

Then lunch on the deck facing the water was just beautiful.

Special thanks to Brian Jones Sailability Coordinator, the BYS staff and Sailability volunteers who assisted with this effort.

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May 18

Commonwealth Ombudsman’s report into the NDIS’s plan review system has revealed up to 8,000 people are stuck waiting for an outcome.

The NDIA has accepted the Ombudsman’s 20 recommendations.

CLA urges all Carers to join local carer groups, we have power in numbers to push for urgent action to get the NDIS back on track to deliver reasonable and necessary support to the individual with a significant disability.

Administration of reviews under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. REPORT ON THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE AGENCY’S HANDLING OF REVIEWS – May 2018

See also the news article on ABC:

NDIS reviews leave people with disabilities waiting up to nine months for an outcome


Apr 21

Proud Performance by Beleura Village Chorus

Another fundraising delight organised by the CLA brings in much needed funds for building accommodation for adults with a disability.

On Sunday 8th April, 2018, our fundraising team member Carole organised the very successful High Tea & Silent Auction at the Beleura Village Chorus to Blue Hills Rise Village in Cranbourne raising a whopping $1,965 in one afternoon.

Guests were delighted with beautiful treats and a wonderful performance by the Beleura Village Choir – thank you!

Events like this help us achieve our goals such as providing:

  • Support for adults with a disability to achieve their dreams, aspirations & goals
  • Flexible and individual service models
  • Accessible secure living
  • An opportunity to live with choice, friendship and wellbeing
  • Training to live independently
  • Skilled Support to enable integration and community inclusion
  • To provide advocacy/support for their carers

We would love your help!

  • Could you help spread the word? We have flyers, posters for you to distribute or a mailing list to sign up to, please email to be added to the mailing list to keep up to date with latest news, events and carer support.
  • Organise an event?
  • Help at a Bunning Sausage sizzle?
  • Have you got fundraising ideas?

Please get in touch with us now. Call Marie Hell on 0423 356 878 or Kevin (03) 9787 3730 or email us at



Apr 11

Invite: NDIS information session


NDIS information session

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018

Time: 10am for 10.30am start – 1.30pm close

Venue: Conference room Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd Mt Eliza


Information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme & how our speakers can assist you.


  • OPTIONS for PLAN MANAGEMENT – Life Solutions Bookkeeping, Mornington
  • ADMINISTRATION – Life Solutions Bookkeeping, Mornington
  • SUPPORT COORDINATION – Melba Support Services
  • COMMENCING NDIS – Funded Service – Melba Support Services

Melba Support Services Hill Legal Mornington Morning Star Estate





Please email any particular question you would like addressed at the forum to email address below prior to the forum, we can make sure these are answered.

A light lunch will be provided, please indicate any dietary requirements when booking.

RSVP Fri 18 May

Email: or call Marie on 03 5983 8785. Our ABN: 41 147 202 800

Supporting Carers and People with a Disability to live and be part of their community





Apr 10

The Autistic Gardener – series on Channel 4

Lovely series to watch where a team of autistic gardeners are challenged to re-design gardens 👍🏼

Autistic Gardener Channel 4

Mar 26

Many questions answered at today’s General Meeting

Today’s CLA General Meeting saw many questions answered by Dr John Chesterman OPA

Thank you John for helping our carers understand the legal issues that impact on families caring for a person with an cognitive impairment. John handed out the latest publications put out by the OPA. CLA were encouraged to keep up our advocacy work regarding the urgent need for suitable housing options for adults with an intellectual disability

Carers also shared valuable experiences which will help others in overcoming the same hurdles they encounter. We are planning to publish these on our website and Facebook page so everyone can benefit from these tips.

We were completely spoilt by the Morning Star Estate staff person Mark who set up the conference room and waited on the guests . We all enjoyed a lovely lunch catered for by Forty 9 from Mt Eliza. Raffle prizes organised by Carole Lowther – thank you.
General Meeting 26 March 2018

Mar 02

Invite: CLA General Meeting & Guest Speaker March 2018

CLA Members & Parents/Carers welcomeCLA Logo


Date: Mon 26 March

Time: 10am for 10.30am start – 1.30pm close

Venue: Conference room Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd Mt Eliza


General meeting attendees welcome @ 10am or 11am for guest speaker

GUEST SPEAKER at 11am: John Chesterman (Dr)

(Deputy Advocate, Office of the Public Advocate)

Relevance to the NDIS

  • Guardianship – Administration – Nominee
  • Transiting from SDS setting to employment, adult learning centers, etc.
  • Parents options to support a person who lacks capacity to make important decisions?
  • Service contracts – person’s and parent’s rights
  • Rules for Service Providers accessing participant portal
  • Succession planning
  • Safe guards to protect the person with a disability from neglect/abuse /exploitation

John will take questions from the floor & also address emails questions sent prior to meeting.

A light lunch will be provided, please indicate any dietary requirements when booking.

Please book early as limited places available.

RSVP by 21 March

Bookings / Inquiries to:
Secretary CLA Marie Hell (03) 5983 8785

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