Defence Family Matters : May 2016
DFMMay2016 7 NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK FROM 15 TO 21 MAY AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK. DCO WILL HOLD A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES, IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY PLAY IN SUPPORTING THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE. VISIT WWW.DEFENCE.GOV.AU/DCO FOR DETAILS, FOLLOW OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER FEED TO RECEIVE UPDATES, AND CALL OUR DEFENCE FAMILY HELPLINE ANYTIME ON 1800 624 608 TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS BEING HOSTED IN YOUR REGION. providing information on education, recreation and support services available in the area. Local Member for Everton, Tim Mander, enjoyed a sausage sizzle while taking the time to speak with families and military personnel. HQ 7th Combat Brigade Welfare Officer, Graham Palmer said the day was “a great opportunity to meet other families new to the area”. For many families the highlight was the Brisbane Army Band roving through the crowd, dancing and singing with saxophones and guitars in-hand. RICHMOND Fighter World was the location for the Welcome to Williamtown event, with around 350 people attending. There were lots of activities to enjoy, including a jumping castle, ball pit, military working dogs and a very popular barbecue organised by the Lions Club. “The Welcome to Williamtown day offers a great opportunity for Defence families new to the region to find out about life in the local area and to meet other families and local community representatives,” said Jillian Croft, Area Manager Hunter and Richmond. WESTERN AUSTRALIA The annual Welcome to the West expo was held at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, with 400 attendees making the most of the gorgeous summer day. Families were able to get information on resources and services available to them in the Perth area while children were kept entertained throughout the afternoon. The stage show from ‘Sparkles & Hey Presto’ which was followed by ‘roving magic’ with their furry friends was a particular hit, as was the petting zoo. DCO WA Area Manager, Andrea Leavy said “The change of venue was a real positive. Feedback from families and exhibitors was overwhelming.” n 7 Children at Dowsing Point Community Centre for the Tasmania welcome day. Photo by Lieutenant Stephen Salmon. Tigers run wild at the Sydney/Liverpool event. Photo used with permission. Australian Army Quarter Master Captain Ernie Felixi with son Sefa at Brisbane’s welcome event. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Casey Gaul. Lisa Fitzsimons, Logan Dart and Oliver Wells at the Farmtastic petting zoo during ‘Welcome to the West’ in Rockingham. Photo by Leading Seaman Bradley Darvill. Hudson, Natalie and Riley have fun on the ferris wheel at Semaphore Water Complex, SA. Photo by Sergeant Rodney Welch. Elijah Norman hugs the YMCA frog at ‘Welcome to Williamtown’. Photo by Corporal Mark Friend. Children decorated fabric for bunting at Darling Downs. Photo by Rochelle Allom.