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Amberley and Ipswich

News

Aircraft noise

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

Letter of welcome from the Mayor

Download the letter

Bulletin

A monthly bulletin detailing goings-on in Amberley

Download: latest edition

Events

Lakes Coffee Group

This is a great opportunity to meet other women form the Forest Lake/Springfield Lake area and develop networks within the Defence community.
When: meets first Tuesday of the month from 10am
Where: Various locations in suburbs near Springfield and Forest Lakes
More information: Email DCO Amberley at dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Ipswich Coffee Group

Bring a friend if you don't want to come alone&have a coffee & chat in a relaxed atmosphere.
Where:  Please contact DCO Amberley at: dco.amberley@defence.gov.au for venue details.
When: Third Thursday of every month, 10 am (unless advised to the contrary)
More information:  Email DCO Amberley at dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Community Groups and Centres

AMBERLEY

Amberley Playgroup

Provides an opportunity for Defence and community families with young children to meet, socialise and provide support in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.

There are now sessions Monday, Wednesday & Friday between 9.30—11.30am @ 31 Gannet St, Amberley. First session is free, then $3 per family or $1.50 for single child under 1yr or $3 per family for unlimited weekly visits.

Once you have attended your first session you will need to register with Playgroup Qld - all information will be provided at the first session. Bring a hat & morning tea!

Contact Jessica on 0401 968 975 or Hannah on 0431 021 843 for further information or visit their Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/group/amberleyplaygroup or email to amberley.playgroup@hotmail.com

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: Please contact DCO Amberley at; dco.amberley@defence.gov.au for venue details.
When: Thursday, 7 pm–9 pm
Moreinformation: Email DCO Amberley at dco.amberley@defence.gov.au

Little Blessings Toy Library

Where: Please contact DCO Amberley at: dco.amberley@defence.gov.au for venue details.
When:  Open first and third Monday and Saturday of the month, 9 am–10.30 am (excluding school holidays and public holidays)
More information: Tel: 0448 617 990, look them up on Facebook, or send an email to littleblessingstoylibrary@outlook.com

Amberley Defence Families

Amberley Defence Families is a Facebook page that 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 information and interact with electronically.

All members, and partners/spouses, fo the Defence Force at Amberley are welcome. When you request to join you will be sient a private message to verify your connnection, please check your ‘Others’ folder and reply to this message.
More information: Email dco.amberley@defence.gov.au or visit the Facebook page

Amberley Defence Communities Inc

Amberley Defence Communities (ADC) is a group of Defence spouses and members, who aim to help families integrate into the community and offer opportunities to meet other Defence families.

They aim to help by offering opportunities to expand social and professional networks by hosting family fun days, coffee mornings and events throughout the year.

Amberley Coffee Lovers meet fortnightly on an off pay week, at different cafes in the local area.

Drop in hours at our office give you the chance to come & have a chat, use the computer & printer, borrow from our library & access local information. A day-time craft group will be commencing in 2015. Children are welcome but no childcare is available.

The ADC have organised ‘Welcome Bags’ for newly posted members to Amberley. The bags are provided on request and delivered on the down-lift day.

Where: CityHope Church, Ripley Rd, Flinders View
More information: email: amberleydefencecommunities@gmail.com

New Residents Orientation Tours

Ipswich City Council is conducting free orientation tours for new residents in the City of Ipswich.

Moving into a new area is very exciting, and to help you settle in, Ipswich City Council would like to invite you and other members of your family to join us on anorientation tour of Ipswich.

During the bus tour we will point out some of the great attractions and facilities of our City and tell you about  the developments being planned for our rapidly growing population.
Tour times: The tours will depart from the Council car park, 45 Roderick St, Ipswich at 10am and return 12.30pm. Parking is free.
Bookings: bookings for the tours are essential. To make a booking Tel: 07 3281 0555 at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre.

Greater Springfield Storm - Australian Rules Football Club

Greater Springfield Storm is currently seeking expressions of interest for players in the coming 2015 Season for the following teams:

  • Seniors: Ages 17 and over
  • Masters: Ages 35 and over.

Also the club has Juniors Teams for the rest of the family, we have teams from Under 6 through to Under 17s, please feel free to contact us regarding the Junior or Senior team.
Further information: Feel free to contact President Robert Auld on 0431 746 808 or president@greaterspringfieldstorm.org

DSNSG Volunteer Sought for Amberley Area

Do you like to help people? Do you like to meet new people? The Defence Special Needs Support Group is seeking volunteer for Amberley local Coordinator position. You don’t have to have special needs in your family to be a DSNSG volunteer Coordinator, just a willingness to help your fellow Defence families by putting on a coffee morning now and then, linking into local services and supports and occasionally organising a family day. Coordinator training is provided.

For further information please contact National Coordinator Kim Collins on 1800 037 674 or email national.coordinator@dsnsg.org.au

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: Ipswich Central website  

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 Information

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.
  • 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.
  • Ipswich Visitor Information Centre - 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipwich (alongside Queens Park), 07 3281 0555

Defence postings in the Amberley and Ipswich area

DCO Office

Amberley Office
Phone: 07 5361 1678
Fax 07 5361 1679
DCO.Amberley@defence.gov.au 
Location: Hudson Road, RAAF Base Amberley QLD 4306
Postal address: RAAF Base Amberley QLD 4306
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG AMBERLEY

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.

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.

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Brisbane and Canungra

News

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Bulletin

Latest edition - news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in Brisbane.

Mailing List

To receive the DCO Brisbane Bulletin (about upcoming programs, events and community resources) please register to our Mailing List:DCO Brisbane Mailing List Registration Form

Events

8 June - Partner Support Group - Reunion

Anticipating the homecoming of your partner? Wondering how best manage the changes? Join our monthly discussion groups. It’s a chance to connect with others who share your experiences and to explore ideas and strategies.

Ideas and information from the FamilySMART program will be available.
When: Wednesday 8 June from 10.00am to 12.00pm OR 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Where: DCO Brisbane, 71 Osborne Road, Mitchelton (behind Jett’s Fitness)
RSVP: by 7 June to dco.brisbane@defence.gov.au or 3354 0500
More info: Download a flyer

13 June - Practical Strategies & Support for families supporting dependents with ASD

Practical Strategies and Supports for families with dependents with ASD managing change and stress.

When: Monday 13 June from 9.15am to 12.00pm
Where: Gallipoli Barracks Community Centre, Enoggera
To register : View event at Eventbrite

Community Groups and 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)
  • Wednesday: Pilates - 11am - $8 to attend ($2 for child-minding). All welcome.
  • Thursday: Mum's, Bubs and Bumps - 9:30 am - 11:30 am - A group for Mums & babies aged from 0-2 ($2 per session)
  • FAB Lunch: 2nd Monday of the month - from 12pm - Contact the GBCC for further information.

Other Events: We also run other events like Girls Night In on the Last Friday night of the month.

Please email the GBCC Committee for further information about these groups and others at: brisbanegbcc@outlook.com.

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: amwc.coordinator@gmail.com

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

Encircle

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.

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 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: 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.

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 Information

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.
  • 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
  • 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.

Canungra

  • 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.

DCO Office

DCO Brisbane Office
Phone: 07 3354 0500
Fax: 07 3354 0555
DCO.Brisbane@defence.gov.au
Location: 71 Osborne Road, Mitchelton, QLD 4053 
Postal address: MILPO Enoggera QLD 4052
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG BRISBANE

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.

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.

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Cairns and Far North Queensland

News

Newsletter—Gone Troppo

Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in North Queensland by reading the latest edition.

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DCO North Queensland about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register to our Mailing List:DCO NQ Mailing List Registration Form.

Events

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Community Groups and Centres

Little Diggers Community Centre 

Little Diggers Community Centre (LDCC) in Cairns is a Defence-sponsored community group that aims to help Defence families feel confident, resilient and connected in Cairns. LDCC welcomes Defence and non-Defence families from all over Cairns, making it a great place to meet other local families, make new friends and catch up with some old friends.

Our regular office hours are:  

Playgroup at Brinsmead Community Centre - Loridan Drive, Brinsmead (Opposite IGA complex)
Tuesday - 9am to 10.30am.
Thursday - 11am to 12.30pm
Friday - 9am to 10.30am & 11am to 12.30pm
$3/family and a piece of fruit to share.

Bellies & Bubs - Thursday - 9am to 11am
$2/family. Tea and coffee provided.
We also run workshops, courses and additional activities. 

Like our facebook page "LITTLE DIGGERS COMMUNITY CENTRE INC" to keep up to date with all our news and events.

For more information please contact us via email - info@littlediggerscairns.com.au
or phone 0498 505 494

My Space Inc

My Space supports young people and their families who are affected by a disability or mental health disorder. My Space will run a pilot project for Defence families in Cairns who have dependants with additional needs.
What: My Space runs DF Enable, a new program designed to meet the specific requirements of eligible families caring for a child with special needs. Our caring support workers offer fun and supportive activities and respite services for Defence families.
When: Up to three hours per week during Defence force deployments How much: Free to eligible families.
Contact: Rachel Gibson on 4031 0123 (make her name a link to the following email address rachel@gslservices.com.au)
More information: Download the flyer

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 Information

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

  • Welcome to Cairns - Welcome to Cairns Letter and Information Pack
  • 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
  • Cairns Residents Guide - Cairns Regional Council's guide for new residents to living in the Cairns region, Queensland Australia
  • Community Services Directory - Council has provided this searchabledirectory which gives up-to-date listings of organisations providing services to the community throughout the Cairns region
  • Cairns Living - Detailed local information, including markets and shopping guides, information on suburbs and schools, sports and activities
  • Sport and Recreation - Council plans, builds and manages public land, sports fields and recreation facilities to support local communities and clubs.
  • Cairns Regional Tourism Information

Disaster Management

State Emergency Service: 132 500
Ergon Energy Emergencies: 13 16 70 or 000

Cairns Services 

  • Department of Transport : Corner Owen & Kenny Close, Cairns - or: Bentley Village Shopping Centre, 96 McLaughlin Rd Bentley Park Phone: 13 23 90
  • Ergon Energy: Connections: 13 10 46 - Emergencies: 13 16 70 (000) -  Faults: 13 22 96

                                                           
Weipa and Scherger Regional Information

Thursday Island Regional Information

Defence postings in Cairns and Far North Queensland

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

DCO Office

Cairns Office
Phone: 07 4053 9300
Fax: 07 4032 1340
DCO.Cairns@defence.gov.au
Location: 4/97 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 
Postal address: c/- HMAS Cairns, Draper Street, Cairns QLD 4870 
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG CAIRNS

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
  • Education QLD
  • James Cook University - One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
  • TAFE Queensland - TAFENQ is the largest and most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland offering practical, industry-relevant training to over 180,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas.

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.

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.

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 an application form, 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

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Newsletter

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.

Download: Bush Telegraph - latest edition

Events

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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:
Contact number:
Email: tdfsa_co-ordinator@hotmail.com
Facebook: Search for "Toowoomba Defence Families Community House and Playgroups"

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 Information

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.

Defence postings in Darling Downs and Toowoomba

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

DCO Office

Darling Downs Office
Phone: 07 4631 4470
Fax: 07 4631 4471
DCO.DarlingDowns@defence.gov.au
Location: 25/49 RQR, O’Quinn Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350 
Postal address: PO Box 1617, Toowoomba QLD 4350 
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG DARLING DOWNS

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.

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.

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Townsville and North Queensland

News

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Newsletter - Gone Troppo

Find news, articles and information about local events, groups and activities in North Queensland by reading latest edition.

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DCO North Queensland about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register to our Mailing List: DCO NQ Mailing List Registration Form 

Events

Autism Queensland Workshops

DCO Queensland and Autism Queensland are presenting workshops in Townsville. 'Managing change and transitions' provides practical strategies support for defence families with dependents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Where: Geckos Family Centre at Lavarack Barracks
When: Full day Group workshop, Wednesday 2 March 9:15 am - 2:45 pm. Consultations to assist with your transition/change plan and engagement with local support options in April. Half day group workshop: Thursday 26 May 9:15 am - 12 pm.
Book online: Eventbrite - Managing change and transitions
More information: Download flyer

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.

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.org.au or send an email to aafc101sqn@gmail.com

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 Community Centre

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 - Geckos website
HQ3BDE.family.nq@defence.gov.au
Facebook: search for Geckos

Saints Eagles Souths Football Club Inc. (Soccer)

Saints Eagles Souths Football Club Inc (aka Saints or SESFC) caters for boys and girls aged 5-18, men and women 18-50+.
Where: Clubhouse and junior training fields: Cnr Marron Cres, Balls Lane and Ross River Road, Mundingburra 4812
Senior training fields and home ground:  Aitkenvale Park, adjacent to the Aitkenvale Library, Petunia St.
When: 2015 sign on dates advertised in the New Year on our website
More information: SESFC website

Solid Rock Ministries

Meet every Tuesday morning 9:30 am at Lavarack Chapel meeting room

Australian Military Wives (AMC) Townsville Choir

Are you a woman connected to a currently serving member of the ADF? The AMC has a branch in Townsville and we'd like you to join us!

No experience required, no audition necessary, just come along to enjoy singing together.
Where: rehearsals are at Geckos Family Centre, Lavarack Barracks
When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Contact: amwc.townsville@gmail.com or visit www.amwchoir.com
More info: download flyer

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 Information

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 Disaster Management

State Emergency Service: 132 500
Ergon Energy Emergencies: 13 16 70 or 000

Townsville Services

  • Department of Transport:   21—35 Leyland St Garbutt or    Phone: 13 23 80
  • Ergon Energy: Connections: 13 10 46   Emergencies: 13 16 70 (000)  Faults: 13 22 96

Volunteering NQ:  Ph 4725 5990 or www.volunteeringnthqld.org.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

Disaster Management

Useful information to help you be prepared in the event of extreme weather and cyclones, plus handy emergency contacts:

Defence postings in the Townsville area

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

DCO Office

Townsville Office
Phone: 07 4753 6539
Fax: 07 4779 0078
DCO.Townsville@defence.gov.au
Location: Nathan Business Centre, 340 Ross River Road, Aitkenvale QLD 4814 
Postal address: MILPO, Lavarack Barracks Townsville QLD 4813
Signal address: DEFCOMMUNITYORG TOWNSVILLE

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.

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.

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 an application form, visit the ADF Family Health website or contact the ADF Family Health team on 02 6266 3547.

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