Defence Family Matters : May 2016
DFMMay2016 5 THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION’S REGIONAL OFFICES HOST ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES TO HELP THEM CONNECT WITH THEIR COMMUNITY. In this edition of OUT AND ABOUT we take a look back at some of the 2016 WELCOME EVENTS DCO held around the country. While THESE EVENTS WELCOME FAMILIES posting in to new locations, all Defence families were encouraged to JOIN IN THE FUN. CERBERUS HMAS Cerberus welcomed families on a “perfect Cerberus day” despite a bushfire threat and temperatures in the high 30s leading up to the expo. Steve Salmon, Military Support Officer, said old favourites such as the inflatable slides, jumping castle and mini go-carts were a hit with the kids. Rebecca Pinkney recently moved to Cerberus with husband Matthew and their children. Rebecca said she looked forward to having more family time with the Cerberus posting. TINDAL This year’s event was held at the Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre in Katherine. Family Liaison Officer, Shaz Lauder, said the day was a wonderful success with around 400 people wandering through 62 stalls. “This is the first time we’ve held the expo off-base and it allowed us to open it up for wider community participation,” Shaz said. Performances and demonstrations showcasing local talent were a hit with the crowd. “The artists from Mimi Arts and Craft played didgeridoo and painted throughout the day and the amazing balloon twister had children lined up in front of her for the whole event.” SYDNEY/ LIVERPOOL Casula Powerhouse Museum was an excellent venue for this year’s event. More than 500 people took advantage of a beautiful summer’s day to visit over 80 information stands, displays and activities. Highlights included rock climbing, superheroes, face painting, Care Flight Helicopter static display, World War 1 Light Horse re-enactment, Husky Arctic Dogs show, Mobile Military Police Museum and Vietnam Veterans Bus. Family Liaison Officer, Tracy Attewell, said families were full of praise for the event and the venue exceeded all expectations, with plenty of car parking, proximity to railway station, and friendly atmosphere. DARWIN Families in the Top End were immersed in culture and lifestyle at the welcome expo, which attracted more than 3000 people to the Darwin Convention Centre. Organisers hailed the expo a “snapping success” with 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’.