Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFMSeptember2015 7 DCO TINDAL The DCO Tindal team hosted our inaugural “Discover Katherine” car rally activity where families competed against each other to find and collect clues. DCO social worker, Cortney Hatch, said the event gave families the opportunity to see some of the lesser known parts of Katherine and learn its history while competing for the glory of winning. “After collecting all the clues, families met for a delicious lunch of tasty curries for the adults, and pasta, chicken nuggets and chips for the children.” “The highlight for me was just seeing the families laughing and having a wonderful time together.” DCO DARWIN Our event was held at the Territory Wildlife Park and was the most popular yet. As well as the wildlife, highlights included the activities led by Life Be In It such as volleyball, big board snakes and ladders, and cricket. A sausage sizzle was served by local service commanders and included 7 the traditional cutting of the National Families Week cake. Chris Jones attended with his son Hamish after posting to the Top End earlier this year. “We are really enjoying Darwin,” Chris said. “The DCO welcome event and this family day are great for us to get out and explore the area.” DCO NOWRA The DCO Nowra team held our event at Penwood Miniature Railway at Jaspers Bush. DCO Nowra Area Manager, Sharon Scouller, said the train rides were fun for all ages and feedback from families had been very positive. “The Navy Community Engagement team also arranged craft and some great exercises for the kids,” Sharon said. “The event was reminiscent of a good ‘old fashioned’ family picnic day from the 1960s with miniature train rides and classic children’s activities amidst families relaxing on their picnic blankets.” “The weather was a highlight too—a perfect May day.”n Sheree and Craig O’Malley with their daughters Jasmine (left) and Summer take a break from the “Discover Katherine” car rally. Photo by Corporal Terry Hartin. Families enjoy the train rides at Penwood Miniature Railway. Photo by Leading Seaman Yuri Ramsey. Sarah and Hayden Doubleday with sons Cooper (right) and Jackson at the Territory Wildlife Park in Darwin. Photo by Able Seaman Nicolas Gonzalez. Kellie, 12, adds her ideas to the “While I am in the Hunter” inspiration board at the DCO Hunter event. Photo by Corporal Craig Barrett.