Defence Family Matters : May 2017
DFMMay2017 KEEP AN EYE ON OUR Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for our weekly round-up of events, or visit WWW.DEFENCE.GOV.AU/DCO and go to ‘Your community’. 5 OUT + ABOUT DCO WELCOME EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE OF OUT AND ABOUT we take a look back at some of the 2017 Welcome events DCO held around the country. These events welcomed families posting in to new locations and all Defence families were encouraged to join in the fun. SYDNEY/ LIVERPOOL Around 500 families attended the Sydney/Liverpool event at Concord RSL Club. After some early showers the sun came out for a beautiful day with families taking advantage of the excellent venue and the varied information stalls and activities on offer. Ex-service groups, emergency services, community groups, local sporting clubs, ADF units and the RSL were among over 70 separate information stands, displays and activities. Highlights included the Special Ops jumping castle, rock climbing wall, superheroes, face painting, Vietnam Veteran’s bus, Military Police static display and Army Historic exhibition. The Sydney Area Navy Band ensemble and the RSL Childrens Choir supported the day with a great music program. CANBERRA The 40 degree temperatures did not stop families from enjoying the twilight Welcome held on the grounds of ADFA. Family Liaison Officer, Anna Stewart, said she was concerned that stallholders and families might decide it was too hot to attend but was pleasantly surprised. “Not one stallholder pulled out, which attests to the importance they give to supporting DCO and Defence families,” she said. Uncle Wally of the Ngunnawal people opened the event with a ‘Welcome to Country’ address, families enjoyed the range of great activities and food on offer, and there were plenty of smiling faces! WILLIAMTOWN DCO’s Welcome event at FighterWorld was well-supported by Defence and community organisations from around Williamtown, and provided plenty of information about services and resources in the area. More than 250 children and adults enjoyed the jumping castle, Mega Maze, face-painting, balloon artist, coloured hair spray, Rural Fire Service truck— including a mini version especially for the kids— snow cone machine, photo booth and free entry to the FighterWorld Museum. Rex D Dog enjoyed dancing and drawing with the children and Medowie Lions Club provided a wonderful selection of home-cooked biscuits, cakes and muffins for morning tea. Throughout the year, DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION’S REGIONAL OFFICES host activities, events and workshops FOR FAMILIES TO HELP THEM CONNECT WITH THEIR COMMUNITY.