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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Darwin

Including Palmerston, Alice Springs and Gove

Events

News

Aircraft noise - Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.

Community groups & centres

Darwin

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 Darwin

The Top Ender Magazine

Visit www.thetopender.com.au for the latest edition.

The Top Ender is a free Defence magazine produced bi-monthly by three paid staff and a group of volunteers - our Top Ender committee. We are a non-profit organisation, partially funded by the Family Support Funding Program, administered by the Defence Community Organisation (DCO).

We have a distribution of approximately 3500 to Defence families, members, units, libraries and schools in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and surrounding areas. The printed publication is received directly by Defence families, at their home, for the duration of their posting in the Northern Territory. It is received in the first week of the two month period that it covers.

The main aim of our publication is to inform Defence families of events in the Defence community and local events, to provide contact information for community groups and commercial businesses, to offer information regarding Darwin and the NT and supporting businesses and to provide entertainment, foster community spirit and alleviate isolation. We also call on our readers to join us for 'stuffing day' where we come together over morning tea and organise our printed magazines for distribution - a wonderful community experience!

More information: 08 8947 2657 or thetopender@aapt.net.au

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 
Contact: send an email to the AMWC

Darwin Defence & Community Centre

Is a Defence Community Organisation Family Support Funding Program supported community group who provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence spouses and their families. DCO funded groups are a great way to get involved in your local community.

Monday

Cuppa Club: Catch up for a few hours at local cafes in the central and northern suburbs of Darwin.

Tuesday

Walks: Catch up and enjoy a walk in various locations.

Thursday

Playgroup: Come and connect with your 0 to 5 year old in a safe, supportive environment.

Monthly

A.O Club: Adult only weeknight activity
Family Fun: Family outing on a weekend
Youth Zone: Primary school aged activity on a Friday night
MamaBake: Get together, bake in bulk, and take some home to stock up the freezer

Programs listed here are subject to change and cancellations. DCO recommend checking all the details with the groups directly via email, Facebook or telephone.

Where: 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct
More information: darwindefencecc@hotmail.com | 08 8935 5498

Ronald McDonald Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP) helps primary and secondary school children recovering from serious illness catch up on missed education. They provide individual learning programs tailored to the specific needs of each child.
More information: the RMLP website

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

Is a Defence Community Organisation Family Support Funding Program supported community group who provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence spouses and their families. DCO funded groups are a great way to get involved in your local community. They also have equipment and nursery items for hire.

Tuesday

Happy as Larry Playgroup @10am: Craft or activity and morning tea. Please bring a piece of fruit for morning tea. Don’t forget your hat. Mums feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket.

First Tuesday of every month

Reading between the wines Adults Only @7:30pm: Rattey Club, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct. Read the book, watch the movie or just come along and join 'Reading between the Wines' for a light discussion, trivia, food and friends over a glass (or two) of wine. For more information join the Facebook group 'Larrakeyah Reading Between The Wines Book Club'.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Keep Fit Larrakeyah @9am-9:30am: Tuesday and Thursday are circuit and yoga on

Wednesday

Wednesday Mums and Bubs @12pm: Come and expand your friendship group and meet mums and bubs. It is a nice way to catch up and share advice and tips to make your life easier. Open to all mothers, mothers to be and prospective mothers.

Thursday

Coffee Morning @10am: Meet new friends or catch up with friends. Chilren are welcome too!

*** Programs listed here are subject to change and cancellations. DCO recommend checking all the details with the groups directly via email, Facebook or telephone.

Where: 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct
More info: larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com | 08 8935 5498 | 0423 414 800 | Facebook: Larrakeyah House

Palmerston

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 Palmerston

Robertson Barracks Family Group

Is a Defence Community Organisation Family Support Funding Program supported community group who provide a variety of interesting and enjoyable development programs and services for Defence spouses and their families. DCO funded groups are a great way to get involved in your local community.

Tuesday

Fit for Robbo 8.45am-9.30am Coffee Morning 9.30am-11.30am

Thursday

Pay week - Fit for Robbo 8.45am-9.30am
Bumps and Bubs group 10:00am

Friday

Playgroup – aimed at children 0 to 5 years 9.30am-11.30am

*** Programs listed here are subject to change and cancellations. DCO recommend checking all the details with the groups directly via email, Facebook or telephone.

Location: Adjacent Lone Pine Chapel, Robertson Barracks.
More information: rbfg07@yahoo.com.au | 08 8925 3710 | 0423 832 341 | Facebook: Robertson Barracks Family Group

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. 

Where: Unit 1, Winnellie Central, Cnr Hickman St and Winnellie Rd
Contact: 1800 011 046 | www.vvcds.gov.au

 

Regional info

Welcome to the Territory

Undoubtedly one of the best things about being a Territorian is the lifestyle. Whether you’re into sports, dining out, fishing, the arts or wildlife, the Northern Territory has something for you.

Defence families can check out the Life in Darwin and Life in Katherine videos on this Welcome to the Territory website for a taste of what the top end has to offer.

Getting started

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

  • NT: Share our story - Explore the regions of the Northern Territory, and find upcoming events, things to do and must-know information.
  • The Territory - An excellent at-a-glance resource to familiarise you with living, working and exploring in the Northern Territory.
    www.australiasnorthernterritory.com.au/Pages/default.aspx

Darwin

  • City of Darwin - A wealth of information about every aspect of Darwin living.
  • Tourism Top End - Regional information, and things to do and see in the Northern Territory.

Palmerston

  • City of Palmerston - Community services, recreation and essential information about living in Palmerston.

Alice Springs

  • Alice Springs Town Council - A variety of useful information for Alice Springs including a community calendar and information on climate, environment and services available.
  • Central AustraliaTourism - Things to do and see in Central Australia.
    www.centralaustraliantourism.com

Gove Peninsula

  • Gove Online - Information and insights into life at Gove, including a community noticeboard.

Defence postings in the Darwin, Palmerston, Gove and Alice Springs

Darwin Family Day Car

Darwin Family Day Care has many day care positions reserved for Defence families throughout the Darwin area. Call 08 8945 2945.