Including Nowra, Jervis Bay and Wollongong
To find out about events for ADF families in Shoalhaven, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
Send an email to DCO Nowra to join our mailing list. You'll get the latest information and updates from DCO Nowra, your local Defence community and the Shoalhaven region.
Community groups & centres
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
The Shoalhaven Defence Families Association is a volunteer group made up of predominantly Defence partners. They conduct regular activities at their neighbourhood house, 'Kookaburra Retreat', four days per week during NSW school terms. These activities include a Playgroup, craft group and other activities.
The association also holds regular community education courses according to member interests. In the past these have included First Aid, mechanics courses, homeopathy, cooking classes and specific crafts. The SDFA is also responsible for the production of the local quarterly Defence community newsletter, ‘Time Out’.
Where: Kookaburra Retreat, Flat 1&2, Canberra Drive, Nowra Hill (across from the HMASAlbatross main gate)
More information: Coordinator 02 4421 5766 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
More info: DSNSG Nowra
The centre provides long day care for Defence families with children aged six weeks to five years, but also open to general public with children aged six weeks to five years.
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.
The following resources and websites can give you a good grounding in local information and services available.
You can also talk to your Unit Welfare Officer for more information.