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Amberley and Ipswich

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Regional information

NEWS

DCO Amberley Bulletin
A monthly bulletin detailing goings-on in Amberley.
April 2014 edition

EVENTS

Welcome event
Visit our Welcome events page to find out more about welcome functions in your region. You can also 'Like' our Facebook page at to receive real-time updates in your news feed.

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CENTRES

AMBERLEY

Amberley Connections Partner Groups
Amberley Connections is open to spouses and partners of Defence Members and provides opportunities to learn new skills, learn about local area services and form support networks. There is a different topic each month with a guest speaker. Some of the topics this year will be: PEEP; Internet Security, Womens Health; Finanace & Budgeting
More information:  Call DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678  or email to dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Amberley Craft and Quilters Group
You can bring your own project with you, join in on whatever’s happening on the night, teach us a new craft or simply have a cuppa and meet some new people.
Where: Gannet House, Gannet Street, Amberley
When: Mondays, 7 pm–9 pm
More information: Call DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678 or email to dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Amberley Toy Library
Where: 332 Ripley Road, Flinders View
When: Open first and third Monday and Saturday of the month, 9 am–10.30 am (excluding school holidays and public holidays)
More information: Call 07 3288 0611

Lakes Coffee GroupThis is a great opportunity to meet other women form the Forest Lake/Springfield Lake area and develop networks within the Defence community.
When: Coffee Club, Orion Shopping Centre, Springfield Lakes - 10 am
More information: Call DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678

Ipswich Coffee Group
Bring a friend if you don't want to come alone&have a coffee&chat in a relaxed atmosphere.
Where: Queens Park Café, Queens Park, Ipswich at 10am
When: Third Thursday of every month, 10 am (unless advised to the contrary)
More information:  Call Nadine at DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678 or email to dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Kids club - Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence
A group for children aged between 8 to 11 who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.
When:
Monday 24 February from 3.30 pm to 5 pm for six weeks. Afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence
RSVP: by 17 February by calling 3816 3000
More information: Download the kids club flyer

RAAF Amberley Playgroup
The Amberley playgroup is held near the RAAF Base at 31 Gannett Street, Amberley. They meet every Monday,Wednesday & Friday(except School and Public Holidays) from 9.30 am until 11.30 am. The playgroup caters for children from birth through to school age. No child is too young for playgroup. Children learn through play and each week we have craft activities, along with play of equipment both indoors and outdoors. Art, learning, water and sand play, painting, climbing, dolls, trains, drawing, bikes and outings are just some of the things available at the playgroup. Session costs are $3 which includes tea and coffee plus a healthy (nut free) morning tea for you and your child. First session is free!
More information: Contact DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678 or dco.amberley@defence.gov.au. Or visit the playgroup’s Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=2361831622#!/group.php?gid=115665051808611

Amberley Defence Families
Amberley Defence Families has been created for families of Defence members based at Amberley. There is no pre-requisite – your family can consist of babies, young children, teenagers or no kids. The group offers the opportunity to chat and meet with other Defence families. There is the occasional get-together organised by admin, however it is predominately a group to share our knowledge of all things local. Feel free to ask questions about anything and share any of your experiences as a Defence family.
More information: Contact DCO Amberley on 07 5361 1678 or dco.amberley@defence.gov.au. Or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/208316972543411/

IPSWICH

Ipswich Central Junior AFL Club
We are a small family friendly club, operating out of Limestone Park in the heart of Ipswich, offering Junior AFL to boys and girls. The Auskick Program is an introduction to AFL for boys and girls from age 5 to 12 years, and Junior&Youth Footy is for boys and girls from U8 to U14 and boys only in U16. We already have RAAF families who are members of our Club and we would like to invite new Amberley RAAF and other military families to join.
More information:  www.ipswichcentraljunior.aflq.com.au

REGIONAL INFORMATION FOR AMBERLEY AND IPSWICH

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Getting started
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
Ipswich City Council
Find a whole range of useful information, including the latest Ipswich news, local attractions and services, and community directories.
www.ipswich.qld.gov.au
Discover Ipswich
Discover all Ipswich has to offer from art galleries and markets to parks and gardens, as well as a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
www.discoveripswich.com.au
Ipswich Visitor Information Centre
14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipwich (alongside Queens Park)
07 3281 0555

Defence postings in Amberley and Ipswich include:
RAAF Base Amberley. Visit the website or the Defence intranet site .
Note: to view the Defence intranet sites for bases, the ADF member will need to use a computer with access to the Defence Restricted Network. These sites often have a wealth of information about the bases, facilities and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

DCO Office
Find your local Defence Community Organisation office by clicking on the Area Office tab in Contact us. You can connect with your local office and team by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.

Childcare
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the local Child Care Information Service on freecall 1800 637 711.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

A Teenagers Guide to Rosewood and Distict 2013
In this guide you will find information about our district and especially, what's on, where to
go and who to contact.
More information: Download a Guide

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Brisbane and Canungra

News
Events
Community groups and centres
Regional information

NEWS

DCO Brisbane Bulletin
Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in Brisbane. April 2014 edition

EVENTS

Welcome event
Visit our Welcome events page to find out more about welcome functions in your region. You can also 'Like' our Facebook page at to receive real-time updates in your news feed.

4 May - Gallipoli Barracks Open Day
Come along to the Gallipoli Barracks Open Day. Adults will require a current driver's license for entry.
When: Sunday 4 May from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Gallipoli Barracks, Lloyd Street, Enoggera
RSVP: no RSVP required
More information: Download the Gallipoli Barracks Open Day flyer

KidSMART Workshop: Managing Absence
DCO Brisbane is conducting workshops that will assist children to learn how to manage change, and how to stay connected with their absent parent.
The workshop will cover other things, like helping children to cope when feeling stressed or anxious. Defence children can learn some great tips and hints for handling emotions, along with some great relaxation techniques, too.
When: Thursday 8, 15, 22, and 29 May from 3.30 pm to 5 pm
Where: Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre
RSVP: to dco.brisbane@defence.gov.au or call 3354 0500
More information: Download the KidSMART Deployment flyer

Meet with DCO Brisbane on Monday at the GBCC
Defence Community Organisation Brisbane team members will be available each Wednesday from 10–11 pm at the Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre (GBCC) to provide advice and information about your local area.
More Information: Download a flyer about meeting DCO Brisbane at the GBCC

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CENTRES

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre
The Centre offers a wide range of free services and programs to the local community including household and budget support, relationship and family therapy, community action for a multicultural society, a community support program, first aid courses, anger management, and productive parenting.
Where: 9 George Street, Caboolture
More information: send an email to reception@caboolturenhc.com.au or call 07 5495 3818

Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre
Where: Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre, Rattey Street, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera (parking out the front)
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!
When: see below for what's on offer
—Monday
: Little Berets Playgroup [starts 9:30 am]—Little Berets Playgroup is for all ages. Come along have a play and get to know some other mums! Please bring a plate to share (or morning tea for your little one) a drink and a hat!
—Tuesday: Craft [starts 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!
—Wednesday: Toy Soldiers Playgroup [starts 9:30 am, $2 per family for craft]—Toy Soldiers is a structured playgroup with organised craft and activities. All ages are welcome from pregnancy and newborn through to school age. Please don't feel shy about coming along without kids either, we would love to meet you! We have plenty of indoor and outdoor toys to keep the littlies happy while you enjoy a cuppa and get to know some of the other lovely ladies! Craft and morning tea operate on a roster system so bring a hat and some morning tea for your little ones.
—Other Events: We also run other events like Girls Night In on the first Friday night of the month and Scrapbooking and UFOs (unfinished objects) on the second Friday of the month 7 pm–10 pm. Several times a year the centre also hosts a pamper day where beauty professionals are brought in to pluck, wax and beautify attendees (kids also welcome)!
More information: Call 0413 045 179 or gbcc.brisbane@yahoo.com.au
gallipolibarrackscom.wix.com/gbcc

Gallipoli Barracks Family Day
Where:
Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre
When: once a month - check out the flyer for dates
More information: contact MAJ Graham Palmer on 0438 043 511 and download the flyer for more details

Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Community Legal Service
The Nundah Community Centre offers free services including family support and counselling, a community garden, Wednesday night legal service, a computer lab, information and referral service, and English as a second language assistance.
Tuesday: The Centre offers playgroups from 9.30 to 11.30 am during the school term for a gold coin donation.
Where: 14 Station Street, Nundah
More information: call 07 3260 6820

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 www.picabeen.org.au or call 07 3354 2555

Pine Rivers Family Association
Pine Rivers Family Association groups include craft and playgroups.
Where: Alf Shaw Park, 190 Stanley Street, Strathpine
More information: Centre president: 07 3889 6095, playgroup: 0409 621 246, craft group: 07 3882 2884

Defence Playgroup at Alf Shaw Community Centre
Interested? - Come along to an open day on Tuesday 29 April 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
More information: Download the flyer

Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre
The Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre 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.
Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre has successfully delivered the Kids Friends Mentoring Program since 2002 and has now received some funding from Defence to support Defence families. The program aims to provide young people (aged 6 to 16 years) with an opportunity to link in with a trained volunteer to build a healthy mentoring relationship for a period of at least one year. This can be especially useful for children living with one parent due to service separation, for those experiencing difficulty at school or at home or those living with illness or disability in their family.
The centre also runs numerous family-themed courses such as parenting courses, self-improvement courses and other classes like kids cooking.
Where: Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, 730 Gympie Road, Lawnton
More information: Contact the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre during office hours on 07 3205 2955. Also see the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre website.

Zillmere Community Centre
The Zillmere community and multicultural centre offers free services to the local community including school holiday programs and play groups, literacy and numeracy assistance, internet and computer classes, and information and referrals.
Where: 54 Handford Road, Zillmere
More information: 07 3865 2880

CANUNGRA

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 www.canungrayoga.com

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 DCO 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 DCO on 07 5618 6405

Canungra Craft Morning
Wednesday mornings a group meet to work on various craft. People need to check what craft is running on the day.
More information:  Call DCO 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: send an email to family@studiovillage.com.au or call 07 5529 2853
Website and Facebook: visit www.studiovillage.com.au or 'like' the Studio Village Community Centre Facebook page to receive updates in your newsfeed.

REGIONAL INFORMATION FOR BRISBANE

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Getting started
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
BRISBANE
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.
www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Visit Brisbane
Discover all Brisbane has to offer, with details of events and attractions and top things to do and see.
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
CANUNGRA
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Information about community, local services and facilities, and events and activities for Canungra and its beautiful surrounds.
www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au

Disaster Management
Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts.
www.disaster.qld.gov.au

Defence postings in Brisbane and northern Queensland include:
Gallipoli Barracks (Enoggera). Gallipoli Barracks has a number of facilities available for use by Defence families.
Victoria Barracks (Brisbane City).
Bulimba Barracks (Bulimba).
Visit the Defence Support Group’s intranet site for the Brisbane and Bulimba Barracks.
Kokoda Barracks (Canungra). Visit the Defence Support Group’s intranet site.
Note: to view the Defence intranet sites for bases, the ADF member will need to use a computer with access to the Defence Restricted Network. These sites often have a wealth of information about the bases, facilities and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

DCO Office
Find your local Defence Community Organisation office by clicking on the Area Office tab in Contact us. You can connect with your local office and team by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.

Childcare
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

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Cairns and Far North Queensland

News
Events
Community groups and centres
Regional information

NEWS

DCO Nth Qld newsletter - Gone Troppo
Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in North Queensland by reading Gone Troppo April, May, June 2014 edition.

EVENTS

Welcome event
Visit our Welcome events page to find out more about welcome functions in your region. You can also 'Like' our Facebook page at to receive real-time updates in your news feed.

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CENTRES

 

REGIONAL INFORMATION FOR CAIRNS AND NORTH QUEENSLAND

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Getting started
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
CAIRNS
Cairns Regional Council
All you need to know about living in Cairns, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events.
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
Cairns Living
Detailed local information, including markets and shopping guides, information on suburbs and schools, sports and activities.
www.cairnsliving.com/living.php
WEIPA AND THURSDAY ISLAND
Weipa Town Authority
Explore life on the Cape, with information on public services, arts and culture, sports and recreation and local regulations, as well as important information about health, extreme weather and pests.
www.weipatownoffice.com
Cape York Information
A collection of links to local attractions, services and general interest information for Cape York.
www.capeyorkinfo.org
Torres Shire Council
A rundown of local services for Thursday Island.
www.torres.qld.gov.au/thursday-island

Disaster Management
Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts.
www.disaster.qld.gov.au

Defence postings in Cairns and Far North Queensland include:
HMAS Cairns. Visit the website or the Defence intranet site.
51st Battalion Far North Queensland Regiment (51 FNQR) in:

  • Cairns.
  • Weipa.
  • Thursday Island.

Visit the 51 FNQR website or Defence intranet site.
Australian Defence Facility (Thursday Island).
Note: to view the Defence intranet sites for bases, the ADF member will need to use a computer with access to the Defence Restricted Network. These sites often have a wealth of information about the bases, facilities and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

DCO Office
Find your local Defence Community Organisation office by clicking on the Area Office tab in Contact us. You can connect with your local office and team by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.
Cairns Schools Directory

Childcare
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

National ADF Family Health Program

The National ADF Family Health program offers access to free basic health care to recognised dependants of ADF members. Families can be reimbursed for GP visits, all Medicare-recognised services, and a range of allied health care such as dental care, optometry and physiotherapy.

For more information or to download application formsl, visit the ADF Family Health website or contact the ADF Family Health team on 02 6266 3547.

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Darling Downs and Toowoomba

News
Events
Community groups and centres
Regional information

NEWS

The Bush Telegraph—newsletter of the Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association
Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in Darling Downs April 2014 edition

EVENTS

Welcome event
Visit our Welcome events page to find out more about welcome functions in your region. You can also 'Like' our Facebook page at to receive real-time updates in your news feed.

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CENTRES

Toowoomba Defence Families Support Association Inc.
TDFSA is a Community House and Playgroup providing a range of services and activities for all Defence families and civilian families. Membership to the Centre is $5 (Defence) $10 (Civilian) per annum which provides activities such as Playgroup, Coffee Club, Craft, Dinner Dates, Book Club, borrowing library, regular family events, fundraising and much more.

The Centre is friendly, welcoming, air-conditioned/heated, child friendly, and always open to new ideas and suggestions. We provide support, fun and friendship for all ages. The Centre has a toy room, fully equipped kitchen, baby changing facilities and a lounge area. Outdoor facilities include a sandpit, swings, slide, climbing gym and plenty of outside equipment and toys for the kids.

Regular activities include but are not restricted to:

Tuesdays: Coffee Club (various cafés around town) (9.30 am)
Bring a friend and come along for a coffee and a chat while you meet new people. Children are welcome.
Wednesdays: Dinomites Playgroup (9:30–11:30 am)
Thursdays: Kiddies Troupe (9:30–11:30 am)
All ages are welcome, from pregnancy through to school age. Please don’t feel shy about coming along without kids; we would love to meet you. We have plenty of indoor and outdoor equipment and toys to keep the littlies busy, as well as craft activities. Please bring along a hat and some morning tea for you little one. Tea and coffee provided. Cost is $3 per family.
Fridays: Craft and coffee (9:30–11:30 am)
Need to finish of a sewing or craft project, machine not working or just wants some company? We have a couple of sewing machines and an overlocker that you can use. If you are crafty and want to share your skills with others please contact the Co-ordinator below. Cost $3 per session.

The Community House is open as a Drop-in Facility Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am–2 pm. The urn is always hot so please call in, have a chat and a cuppa, flick through our magazines or borrow a book. Come and view the Centre’s services and facilities first hand. We also have a Facebook page that is regularly updated with what is happening for the week.

Where: Corner O’Quinn and Anzac Ave, Toowoomba
Coordinator: Michelle Haynes
Contact number: 0412 209 989
Email: TDFSA Coordinator
Facebook: Search for "Toowoomba Defence Families Community House and Playgroups"

REGIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DARLING DOWNS AND TOOWOOMBA

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Getting started
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
Toowoomba Regional Council
All you need to know about living in Toowoomba, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events.
www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au
Toowoomba and Darling Downs
Things to do and see in Toowoomba and Darling Downs.
www.toowoombaholidays.com.au
Oakey Community Website
A community directory for residents of Oakey.
http://oakey.qld.au

Defence postings in Darling Downs and Toowoomba include:
Borneo Barracks (Cabarlah). Visit the website or Defence intranet site for the 7th Signal Regiment at Borneo Barracks.
The Army Aviation Training Centre / Swartz Barracks (Oakey). Visit the Defence intranet site.
Or visit the Defence Support Group’s intranet site outlining base services in Darling Downs.
Note: to view the Defence intranet sites for bases, the ADF member will need to use a computer with access to the Defence Restricted Network. These sites often have a wealth of information about the bases, facilities and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

DCO Office
Find your local Defence Community Organisation office by clicking on the Area Office tab in Contact us. You can connect with your local office and team by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.

Childcare
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

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Townsville and North Queensland

News
Events
Community groups and centres
Regional information

NEWS

DCO North Queensland newsletter—Gone Troppo
Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in North Queensland by reading Gone Troppo April, May, June 2014 edition.

EVENTS

22 March - Welcome to Townsville
When: Saturday 22 March from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: RSL Stadium, Townsville
RSVP: no RSVP needed.

Post Operations Psychological Screen (POPS)
Partners and adult family members in the Brisbane region are now welcome to take part in the Post Operational Psychological Screening, or POPS, process with their ADF member. 

The role that families play in supporting a member’ s mental health and wellbeing after a deployment is critical, and it’s important that they are engaged in the recovery process right from the start.

To arrange a Family POPS appointment, please contact the chain of command and ask to speak with the Family POPS Unit Liaison Officer, and download the following documents for more information.
Family Inclusive Post Operations Psychological Screen (POPS) campaign
ADF Members Post Operational Psychological Screening (POPS) Campaign

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND CENTRES

Australian Air Force Cadets – 101 Squadron, Townsville
AAFC provides an opportunity for young people aged between 13 and 18 to meet new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, while experiencing a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground.
Where: RAAF Base, Garbutt
When: Fridays 6.30 pm to 10.15 pm (during school terms)
More information: call 07 4752 1723, visit www.aafc.gov.au or send an email to 101sqn@cadetnet.gov.au

Blue Skies Preschool and Kindergarten
Blue Skies is situated on RAAF Base Townsville and accepts enrolments from both Defence and Civilian families. The Centre has close ties with base facilities which offers exciting extensions to our program.
Where: RAAF Base, Garbutt
When: Monday – Friday 9:00am - 2:30pm in accordance with Education Qld school terms.
More information: 07 4752 1153 or blueskies@hotkey.net.au

Geckos @ Lavarack
Geckos is a tri-service community centre providing a range of services and activities for all defence families. Geckos provides a mix of formal and informal activities such as playgroups, coffee club and craft group each week.
Where: Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville
When: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
More information:Bus. Hours: 07 4411 7031 or 07 4411 1741
After hours: 0438 558 812
HQ3BDE.family.nq@defence.gov.au
Facebook: search for Geckos

REGIONAL INFORMATION FOR TOWNSVILLE

For personalised advice about your local area, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

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

TOWNSVILLE
Townsville City Council
Information about all aspects of living in Townsville, including facilities and recreation, community and events and important environment and cyclone info.
www.townsville.qld.gov.au

MOUNT ISA
Mount Isa City Council
All you need to know about living in Mount Isa, including the latest news, laws and regulations, environment, community services, and local activities, attractions, and events.
www.mountisa.qld.gov.au

Disaster Management
Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts.
www.disaster.qld.gov.au

Defence postings in Townsville include:
Lavarack Barracks. Find information on the 3rd Brigade and family support at Lavarack at the Army website or Defence intranet site.
Ross Island Barracks (South Townsville).
RAAF Base Townsville. Visit the website or the Defence intranet site. More base information can be found on the Defence Support Group’s intranet site.
Mount Isa / 51st Battalion Far North Queensland Regiment (51 FNQR). Visit the 51 FNQR website or Defence intranet site.
Note: to view the Defence intranet sites for bases, the ADF member will need to use a computer with access to the Defence Restricted Network. These sites often have a wealth of information about the bases, facilities and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

DCO Office
Find your local Defence Community Organisation office by clicking on the Area Office tab in Contact us. You can connect with your local office and team by calling the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Schools and education
For information about the local school and education systems, click on the Local education tab in our Support for children's education section.
You can find which local schools have Defence Transition Aides or Mentors in place by clicking on the Aides and Mentors tab in the Support for children’s education section.
Townsville Schools Directory

Childcare
Find your nearest Defence childcare centre by clicking on the Defence childcare centres tab in Contact us.
Alternatively, you can search for different childcare options in your local area at mychild.gov.au or call the government-run Childcare Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.
Visit www.playgroupaustralia.com.au to find local playgroups.

National ADF Family Health Program

The National ADF Family Health program offers access to free basic health care to recognised dependants of ADF members. Families can be reimbursed for GP visits, all Medicare-recognised services, and a range of allied health care such as dental care, optometry and physiotherapy.

For more information or to download application formsl, visit the ADF Family Health website or contact the ADF Family Health team on 02 6266 3547.

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