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Mal Shultz

It is a privilege to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valley Industries Ltd. I am proud to be associated with an organisation that is committed to providing such high quality services, employment and growth opportunities for people with disability.

As one of the main providers of support to people with disability in the Manning Valley for over 45 years, Valley Industries is well placed to manage the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) over the next 2-3 years.

Our continuing and willing challenge at Valley Industries is to ensure that all current and future participants achieve their just entitlement under the NDIS.

As the scheme continues to roll-out, we have helped support our Participants to complete their first year plans – to ensure they get the financial and physical support they need.

Valley Industries is a strong and impressively managed organisation, ensuring we are well positioned to cope with growth, diversity, achievements and, of course, challenges.

 A major recent decision was to further expand our commercial Laundry business unit. This entailed the acquisition of a large, modern factory in Elizabeth Avenue and major commercial laundry equipment to meet the increasing customer demand.

Fundraising activities continue to support a broad range of activities for our Participants. As part of our commitment to remaining a valuable part of our local community, we plan a number of events to raise awareness and funds. A great example of this is ‘Auto Fest’ event – a public display of both classic and historic cars and motorbikes. The event was the brainchild of one of our hardworking employees – Monique Cahill – and was a huge success, with the support of willing staff and clients of Valley Industries, raising just over $10,000 to go towards the funding of events, outings and activities for Participants.

Communicating with our Participants, their families and carers, and other service providers in the area is a major priority for Valley Industries, and our monthly newsletter enables us to share valuable information such as updates from the NDIS, details of services available to Participants, as well as celebrating the successes and achievements of the people in our organisation.

Valley Industries is the recipient of the ‘Ethical Business of the Year’ Awards – a well-deserved award reflecting the core values to which we always aspire.

I am also proud that we successfully achieved accreditation against the National Disability standards and ISO9001:2008.