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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Brisbane & Canungra


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Community groups & centres


Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre

The Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre (GBCC) hold a range of activities and events throughout the calendar year and are always looking for new activities and groups that would to utilise the centre, so we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions!

  • Monday: Little Berets Playgroup - 9:30 am - 11:30 am - Little Berets Playgroup is for all ages. ($2 per session)
  • Tuesday: Craft - from 9:30 am - Come along and enjoy our non-structured craft group. Bring your own activity and get to know some other members that enjoy craft! ($2 per session)
  • Tuesday: Pilates - 10 am $8 to attend with child minding available for $2 per child.
  • Wednesday: Mini Commandos - 9:30 - 11:30 ideal for 1.5 and up. working on gross motor skills like climbing, balancing and jumping. ($2 per session)
  • Thursday: Mum's, Bubs and Bumps - 9:30 am - 11:30 am - A group for Mums and babies aged from 0-2 ($2 per session)
  • 2nd Thursday of the month: Making Rainbow music and movement class - 10:00 - 10:45 $8 per session. Mums and bubs still runs at the same time.
  • FAB Lunch: 2nd Monday of the month - from 12pm - Contact the GBCC for further information
  • Girls Night In: Last Friday of every month from 7pm.

Please email the GBCC Committee for further information about these groups and others at:

Defence Special Needs Support Group

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs.

More info: DSNSG Brisbane

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. The AMWC has enjoyed rapid growth and significant community support since it began in 2012 and is eager to expand throughout Australia. The Choir recently received funding from DCO, and a significant proportion of the grant was to aid in setting up new groups in regions across the country, including Adelaide.
More information: Australian Military Wives Choir website 

Picabeen Community Association Inc.

Connecting the people of North West Brisbane with their local community. Picabeen offers a wide range of services including young parents' playgroups, computer and English classes, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and tai chi and holistic human development classes.
Where: 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton
More information: visit or call 07 3354 2555


Encircle is a not for profit community owned and operated organisation for individuals and families in the Pine Rivers district.

The Centre responds to personal and community needs within a safe and welcoming environment. Support services are offered to community members using an approach which values each individual and their strengths. We provide a voice for the community by building and maintaining partnerships and offer low cost meeting space for local community groups and organisations. 
Where: Encircle, 865 Gympie Road, Lawnton
More information: Contact Encircle during office hours on 07 3205 2955. Also see the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre website.


Kokoda House Monthly Morning Tea

Where: Kokoda House
When: First Wednesday of the month from 9.30 am to 12 noon 
More information: Check the Kokoda Barracks Grapevine (The Kokoda Barracks Families Association newsletter) or contact Maureen 5618 6405 or visit the KBFA Facebook page for further details

Kokoda Playgroup

Come along to the playgroup and meet other parents and their children for $2 per family and bring a plate to share if you wish. There are plenty of toys and craft activities for the children.
Where: Kokoda House
When: Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 to 11.30 am

Pacific Pines Monthly Morning Tea

Where: At an address released on request in Pacific Pines
When: Check the Kokoda Barracks Grapevine or contact Maureen 5618 6405 for further details

Canungra Yoga

All classes cost $15.00.
Where: 17 Appel Street Canungra
When: Tuesday 9.30 am and 6.30 pm, Thursday 9.30 am and 6.30 pm, and Saturday 8 am and 10 am.
More information: Call 0421 871 564 or visit

Canungra Play Group

Kokoda House Toy Library is also open at the same time.
Where: Kokoda House
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30 am–11.30am
More information: Call Maureen on 07 5618 6405

Canungra Movie Night

First Tues of every month a group of Ladies meet at Harbour Town at 5.45 pm, have dinner and see a movie. Popular night out. 
More information: Call Maureen on 07 5618 6405

Studio Village Community Centre

The Centre runs a number of play groups in the Northern Gold Coast area.
Where: 87 Village Way, Oxenford
More information: or call 07 5529 2853
Website and Facebook: visit or 'like' the Studio Village Community Centre Facebook page to receive updates in your newsfeed.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

VVCS provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. 

Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.

  • Brisbane City Council - A range of useful information about all aspects of living in the thriving city of Brisbane. You can also request a new resident’s kit by calling the Council on 07 3403 888.
  • Visit Brisbane - Discover all Brisbane has to offer, with details of events and attractions and top things to do and see.
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council - Moreton Bay Regional Council encompasses the northern suburbs of Brisbane.   Information about the local community, local services and facilities, events and activities can be found on their website or by contacting 07 3205 0555.
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council - Information about community, local services and facilities, and events and activities for Canungra and its beautiful surrounds.
  • Disaster Management - Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts.

Defence postings in Brisbane and northern Queensland

  • Gallipoli Barracks (Enoggera). Gallipoli Barracks has a number of facilities available for use by Defence families
  • Victoria Barracks (Brisbane City)
  • Bulimba Barracks (Bulimba)

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation that has offered early childhood education and care since 1907. C&K Is currently taking enrolments now for 2015. To enrol visit the Creche and Kindergarten Association website or call us on 1800177092.