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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Hunter region

Including Singleton, Tamworth, Williamtown, Port Stephens, Maitland and Newcastle

Events

To find out about events for ADF families in Hunter, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.

Welcome to Williamtown

The Air Force Association publishes the Welcome to Williamtown handbook, which is available on their website.

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DCO Hunter about upcoming programs, events and our monthly newsletter please register by emailing DCO.HunterRIMS@defence.gov.au to request the mailing list registration form.

COVID-19 Resources

With the internet and social media flooded with a range of COVID-19 information and advice, it’s important to make sure the information you’re seeking comes from an official source. To help you, we’ve put together a list of official websites where families can get up-to-date information about a range of COVID issues like travel restrictions and border closures, non-essential travel and fines, testing locations, school arrangements, jobs and business information.

If you are looking for national information and contacts about COVID-19, see the Coronavirus tab on our Emergency and Crisis webpage.

We have also developed a Coronavirus Advice webpage which has a range of information and resources about wellbeing, tips to manage in isolation, how to support kids, maintaining healthy relationships and information about reunion leave arrangements.

For more mental health and wellbeing information and resources see our Health and Wellbeing webpage.

Information about Defence’s involvement in the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including live blog updates can be found at the Defence response to COVID-19.

We’ve also put together some other educational resources that may help families with children during COVID-19 restrictions.

News

Childrens' services

DCO has established an individual case management service which is being offered to all Defence families to help them source alternative childcare options. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate childcare, call the all-hours Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au.

Aircraft noise

Visit the aircraft noise website for information about Defence's management of aircraft noise near Childcare facilities.

Community groups & centres

Maitland

Community group facilities are currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but you can still get involved with their online activities and virtual catch-ups. If you want to get in touch with a community group in your area, follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Defence Families Maitland

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

An informal group of Defence partners located in the Maitland area. The group aims to provide a support network for Defence families in the area. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator via their Facebook page: Defence Families Maitland

Newcastle

Newcastle Buddies

Due to COVID-19 restrictions events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

Newcastle Buddies is a group for Defence partners and families who reside in the Newcastle area.  The group provides support and can assist you to make new friends.

More information: Dayna on 0419 227 681 or email dayna.launer01@gmail.com

Facebook: Newcastle Buddies - for Defence partners & families in Newcastle

Singleton

Singleton Defence, Families and Community Inc
SDFC - Craft Group

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the regular craft group and Little Diggers playgroup event and activities have been postponed. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

SDFC - Little Diggers Playgroup

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

For more information about online activities, or meeting location and times, contact the group’s coordinator on Facebook Singleton Little Diggers Playgroup | call Tracey on 0447 821 111 | email sdfc.in.2020@gmail.com

Williamtown

Terrace Buddies

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect through the group's Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

A support group for Defence partners located in the Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Williamtown areas. Everyone is made to feel welcome in a supportive environment.

More information: Kay on 0419 227 681 or email thewanderingredhead@hotmail.com | Facebook: Terrace Buddies – For Defence spouses of Raymond Terrace & Medowie

Williamtown Social Sippers

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the group's Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

Social Sippers is a social network for women who work, or have partners who work, at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The aim is for the ladies to get together outside of work and to get to know one another. Events can be coffee, brunch, lunch, walks, movies – anything social.

There are Social Sippers groups in Raymond Terrace / Maitland / Thornton, Medowie and Tanilba Bay / Lemon Tree Passage. Please note: You can go to any Social Sippers events – not exclusive to just those living in the area.

More information: visit the group's Facebook page Williamtown Social Sippers | email wlm.socialsippers@defence.gov.au

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is a non-profit benevolent volunteer organisation established to assist ADF families with a family member with special needs. You can contact your local Williamtown Coordinator, Rose Erba on 0459 967 258 or email rose.erba@dsnsg.org.au

More information: DSNSG Williamtown | call 1800 037 674 | Facebook

Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN)

The Hunter Defence Support Network (HDSN) was formed in 2015 as a community support and advocacy group focused on improving the lifestyle of ADF members and their families.

HDSN works in partnership with the ADF and the Hunter Community to raise support for base programs and activities. To find out more about their online activities you can do from home visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

More information: visit http://www.hdsn.org.au | email contact@hdsn.org.au | Facebook

Williamtown Playgroup

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the group's Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

Parents and carers of children aged 0-5yrs are welcome to socialise and encourage development in a child friendly environment.

Where:Ferodale Oval, Medowie
When: Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm.
More information: email: williamtownplaygroup@hotmail.com | Facebook : Williamtown Playgroup

Williamtown Defence Family Group Inc (WDFG)

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

Williamtown Defence Family Group Inc. (WDFG) is a not for profit organisation operated by a volunteer management committee. The group undertake projects that support Defence members and their families to connect and integrate into the Williamtown community. From coffee catch ups to making tribute poppies and organising deployment care packages they have a variety of existing activities for you to enjoy. Activities are hosted at both on and off base locations. If you’d like to know more about their online activities you can do from home, send them an email or follow them on Facebook.

If you have a passion for volunteering, a great idea you’d like to get started or want to make friends and become more involved in your community then contact the group today!

More information: email: wlm.dfgroup@gmail.com | Facebook

The Buzz Facebook Page

The Buzz operates under the Williamtown Defence Family Group. The page provides Defence Members and their families with local community information.

More information: Facebook Buzz Williamtown

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation is developing new and safe ways to bring the Kookaburra Kids programs to families online. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

Kookaburra Kids Head Office
PO BOX 681 Gymea 2227
(02) 9525 7474

Online: Kookaburra Kids website | Facebook

Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling

Open Arms provides counselling and support services to Australia's military community. If you have served one day of continuous full-time service in the ADF you can call them for support. They also support families, reservists and some peacekeepers. Call Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for free, confidential counselling and group programs to support mental health and wellbeing.

Bay Region

Buddies in the Bay

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

A group for Defence and civilian partners who reside in the Nelson Bay region. The group share information, chat and have fun in a friendly atmosphere.

More information: call Stacey 0413 968 922 | email stacey.hartwich@spcc.nsw.edu.au | Facebook

Gan Gan Family Centre

Gan Gan Family Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19. The Centre continues to offer support and assist families to contact services and resources. Please contact the centre for more information.

The Gan Gan Family Centre is part of The Schools as Community Centres Project.

Gan Gan Family Centre is located on the grounds of Anna Bay Public School (near the back entrance on Old Main Rd). The group aim to provide services to the local community such as playgroups, workshops and information with a focus on children 0-8.

Gan Gan Family Centre provides a range of FREE activities and initiatives to engage and support families raising young children.

Initiatives include:

  • supported playgroups, play & learn groups for children & parents
  • transition to school playgroup & activities
  • parenting workshops & support groups, information & resources
  • toy & book library
  • projects that bring other services into the school & community

More information: 02 4982 1767 | visit ganganfamilycentre.weebly.com | Facebook

Central Coast

Defence families on the Central Coast

Due to COVID-19 events for this group are currently postponed. Families can still connect via the groups Facebook page. For more information, please contact the group’s coordinator.

A network of Defence families on the Central Coast who provide support and friendship to assist in creating a sense of belonging to the Defence Community.

More information: Catherine at csherrin@tpg.com.au | Facebook

Regional info

Getting started

The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available. 

Hunter Valley

Maitland

Newcastle & Williamtown

Singleton

Tamworth

  • Tamworth Information Centre - Visit the website or the information centre at the Golden Guitar Complex, Goonoo Goonoo Road Tamworth for a variety of local information and brochures.

Defence postings in the Hunter area

  • GAZA Training Depot (Armidale)
  • Dubbo and Orange (1/19 RNSWR)
  • Chauvel Training Depot (Muswellbrook)
  • Bullecourt Barracks (Adamstown)
  • Singleton Military Area / Lone Pine Barracks (Singleton)
  • Beersheba Barracks (Tamworth)
  • The Basic Flying Training School (Tamworth)
  • RAAF Base Williamtown (Williamtown)

You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.

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Contacts

Hunter
 02 4034 6973
 RAAF Base, Building 527, McNamara Drive, Williamtown NSW 2314

 02 4034 6973
 RAAF Base, Building 527, McNamara Drive, Williamtown NSW 2314

 02 4034 6973
Customer Service Centre, Symons VC Drive, Singleton NSW 2331

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608