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The Top Ender Magazine

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

The Top Ender is a professional publication put together for all Defence families in Darwin. It is used to keep families informed in many different areas including different community groups on the four bases. There are stories written about things people have done in Darwin and to let others know what is on at various times of the year.

We are a Bi-monthly publication and run mainly by volunteer staff. The Top Ender is always on the lookout for stories, or pictures and even classifieds. There is something in there for all ages. At different times of the year we include special information such as cyclone season or tax time. In the end the Top Ender is there for the families, making their time in the top end that much nicer. 
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

Billeroy Road Community Centre Inc.

The Billeroy Road Community Centre is a tri-service facility offering a wide range of programs and activities for Defence families. The centre is spacious & fully air-conditioned for those tropical days. We boast fabulous child friendly outdoor areas with plenty of shade & play equipment to keep the kids busy. Membership is FREE! We look forward to meeting you. 
Where:12 Billeroy Road (main entrance road into the married quarters), RAAF Base Darwin
When: Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am-1.30pm.

Playgroup: This is a structured group with planned activities during each session. Parent participation is encouraged, please bring a piece of fruit to share.
When: Mondays 9 am – 11.30 am for children aged 0-5 years.

Cuppa Club: Get together and chat over a frothy cappuccino or cold drink while the kids play. Relaxing way to unwind. 
Open to all Spouses of serving members, with or without children.
When: Thursdays from 9 am-11.30 am.

Book Club:Book Club is an opportunity for book worms to come in and discuss anything and everything to do with books. Every month Billeroy chooses a book to be read while the reader selects their own book within the provided theme.
When: Every 3rd Monday of the month. 

Craft Zone: Join in a variety of regular craft activities with everything included to complete your project before you leave. It’s also a great opportunity to relax and have some YOU time.
When: Every Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Teen Zone: Supervised activities for 13-17 year olds. It is a great way to spend a Friday night hanging out with mates in a safe and relaxed environment.
When: Every second Friday of every second month.

Fun Zone: A time to get together with some friends or bring the whole family to interact and connect with other defence families. Every second month there is a different such as a Pamper Night or Pot Luck Dinner.
When: The 3rd Friday of every 2nd month.

Youth Zone: Supervised monthly activities for kids aged 5-13 years. This program is designed to encourage children to work as a team in a fun and safe way, whilst forming new friendships. Each month is a different activities such as themed discos, movie nights and games nights. It’s also an opportunity for Mum and Dad to have a relaxing evening.
When: The last Friday of each month from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.

Billeroy Road Community Centre

Where:12 Billeroy Road, RAAF Base Darwin, 0820
More information:
Email billeroyrdcommunitycentre@hotmail.com or call 08 89235170 

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

The Darwin Olympic Sporting Club Inc.

The Darwin Olympic Sporting Club Inc is a family-centred sporting organisation with a proud history spanning nearly 50 years. We would like to extend a warm welcome to any Defence Families interested in joining our club. We are currently seeking male and female players to join us for the up-coming soccer season for Juniors from U6 through to U18 and Seniors for U21, All Age Men, Premier League Men and All Age Women and All Age Women.
We are also always looking for people to help out, so if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch.
Where: Malak Oval
When: Games run from mid-April to end of September
More information: the Darwin Olympic Sporting Club website or emaildarwinolympic@gmail.com

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House

The Larrakeyah Neighbourhood house offers a number of programs for Defence families. We also have equipment and nursery items for hire. 
Where: 20 Stevens Terrace, Larrakeyah Barracks, Larrakeyah Barracks
PLAYGROUP
Parent-run activity. Please bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea. Cost is $2per child or $2.50 per family.
When: Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am–11 am
CRAFT MORNING
Informal meeting for parents to conduct a craft event with their child. Cost $2 per child.
When: Last Saturday of the month, 9 am–11 am.
KIDS NIGHT
Coordinator-run activity. A light snack and cordial provided. Cost is $5 per child.
When: Last Friday of the month, 5 pm–8 pm.
WALKING CLUB
When: Tuesday and Thursday, 12 pm–1 pm.
BOOK CLUB
Cost $2.
When: First Monday of the month, 6 pm–8 pm
COFFEE MORNING
Informal meeting for parents to catch up. Cost $2.
When: Friday, 9 am–11 am
LOVELY LADIES DINNER NIGHT
Monthly event. Informal visits to local restaurants.
When: Every month, 6 pm–10 pm
More information: 08 8935 5498

TS Darwin, Australian Navy Cadet Unit

A youth development organisation for young people between 12.5 and 19 years of age. 
Where: Defence Establishment Berrimah, Northern Territory
When: Parades are held on Wednesday, 6.30 pm–9.30 pm 
More information: call 0400 441 384 or 0451 117 298, email tsdarwin@cadetnet.gov.au or the Australian Navy Cadet Unit website

Palmerston

Palmerston Football Club Inc.

The Palmerston Football Club Inc is the only soccer club in Palmerston. The Women's and Juniors’ training grounds are just 5km from Robertson Barracks. The Men's training ground is just 3km from the Coonawarra Defence Establishment. Our club accommodates manyDefence family players both young and old.

Preseason training for the Men's and Women start in late January and the Juniors start on the first Wednesday in March, with games running from April to September.
More information: Email info@palmerstonfc.com.au

Robertson Barracks Family Group

The Robertson Barracks Family Group is a tri-service Community Centre offering a wide range of programs and activities for Defence families and spouses. Our centre is located on Robertson Barracks and is spacious and fully air-conditioned to ease those hot, Darwin days. We have child friendly outdoor and indoor play areas with plenty of shade and play equipment to keep the kids busy, and cater for ages 0 – 5 years.

Our regular schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 8.45am – 9.30am FIT FOR ROBBO  - FREE personal training session, child minding available for a small fee. Runs during Dry Season ( March – October)

Tuesday 9.45am – 11.45am COFFEE MORNING – Open to all, come for a coffee and a chat – children welcome.

Wednesday & Friday 9.30am – 11.30am PLAYGROUP – A slightly structured playgroup with a great activity or craft to complete each session - aimed at children aged 0 – 5 years. Please bring a piece of fruit to share.

Robertson Barracks Family Group is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers, and we are always looking for fresh ideas. New members are always welcome; our committee meeting is held on the last Wednesday of every month at 11.30am.

Plenty more activities and events – both Defence related and community based – are promoted on our Facebook page. Join us to stay updated, and to make the most of your time in the Top End!

Location: Lone Pine Chapel Multi User Centre, Robertson Barracks.
Contact: Robertson Barracks Coordinator at rbfg07@yahoo.com.au
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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

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 thisWelcome 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 area

Darwin Family Day Care

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