Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFMSeptember2015 5 OUT + ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION’S REGIONAL OFFICES HOST A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES EXPERIENCING DEPLOYMENT AND MILITARY MEMBER ABSENCE, RELOCATION, AND TO HELP THEM CONNECT WITH THEIR COMMUNITY. In this edition of OUT AND ABOUT we take a look back at some of the EVENTS HELD AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK. National Families Week encourages people to spend time with their families, make contact with their extended family and TAKE PART IN FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY. DCO CANBERRA We held our event at a trampolining centre on a chilly Saturday evening. The event was very popular with families, with children enjoying jumping, a National Families Week cake and more jumping! Some of the adults also got into the spirit and joined their kids on the trampolines. The sand art table, where children created pictures with coloured sand, was also a hit. Renee Reid attended with her two young sons while her husband was on deployment. “It’s a great way to mingle with other Defence families and helps us get out and see places we didn’t know about,” Renee said. DCO DARLING DOWNS The Darling Downs team held our event at the historic Jondaryan Woolshed open-air museum. Area Manager Roslyn Munro said families enjoyed the interactive, educational and entertaining day under sunny blue skies. “Morning tea was a hit with freshly made damper and billy tea,” Roslyn said. “Other highlights included horse and cart rides, whip cracking, mini train rides and the animal nursery,” she said. “It was a great day— thoroughly enjoyed by all.” DCO ALBURY- WODONGA AND DCO WAGGA WAGGA Families in both Albury- Wodonga and Wagga enjoyed ten pin bowling to celebrate National Families Week. Area Manager Faye Considine said some families took the chance to “have a family day out”, while others also met up with friends. “One family said they were new to the area and enjoyed the day’s easy and relaxed atmosphere,” Faye said. “It was great to see such a great age range of children—from eight months to teenagers.” “Another highlight was seeing that family competitive spirit was alive and well on these days.” Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for our weekly round-up of events, or visit WWW.DEFENCE.GOV.AU/DCO and click on ‘Community connection’.