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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Wagga Wagga

Events

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

Mailing List

To receive updates from the team at DCO Wagga Wagga about upcoming programs, events and our quarterly newsletter please register by emailing dco.wagga@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.

Community groups & centres

Wagga Wagga

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.

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

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: https://kookaburrakids.org.au/ | Facebook

The RANCH (RAAF, Army, Navy Community House)

The RANCH is a Tri-service community group that aims to provide a friendly environment for Defence partners and families to socialise and make new friends while posted to Wagga Wagga. Community Activities such as: boot camps, 1st aid, cooking, paint ball, discos, ladies nights, family BBQ's and lots more! Come along and join us for a cuppa, we would love to meet you.

While their facilities are closed due to COVID-19, you can join in their online activities on Facebook and Zoom:

  • Daily kids activities
  • Pilates via zoom
  • Live Trivia for adults and kids via zoom
  • Bake Offs, and
  • Competitions

Where: RAAF Base Community House, behind the gym
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am-12 noon
More information: email theranchwagga@gmail.com| Facebook

Australian Military Wives Choir

The Australian Military Wives Choir, Wagga Wagga is a choir for women who support Military personnel in the Wagga Wagga region. As a no audition, no experience necessary group, they welcome new members. Despite their name bearing the word wives, they welcome any woman who has close links to serving ADF members. Perhaps you're a female ADF member or a close family member - a partner, wife, sister or mother.

More information: email coordinator.wagga@amwchoir.com | Facebook

Defence Special Needs Support Group

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: email national.coordinator@dsnsg.org.au | Facebook

Kapooka Neighbourhood House

The Kapooka neighbourhood House is all about giving you the opportunity to meet, mingle, socialise, gain friends, share skills, participate in activities and events.

We provide the opportunity and venue for you and your family to get involved in a range of exciting activities such as, but not limited to: book club, study groups, playgroups, social dinners (child free), special guest speakers and seminars, health and fitness groups, holiday activities and youth club. Follow them on Facebook to join in their online activities:

  • Regular post of kids activities
  • Master Chef Challenge
  • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Neighbourhood wide rainbow hunt

More information:
Kapooka Community Centre
Sturt Ave, Kapooka NSW 2661
email kapookaneighbourhoodhouse@gmail.com | (02) 6971 2015 | Facebook

Australian Air Force Cadets – 332 ‘City of Wagga Wagga’ Squadron

AAFC provides an opportunity for young people aged between 13 and 18 to meet new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, while experiencing a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground.Australian Air Force Cadets 332 Squadron is not parading due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Where: RAAF Base Wagga via Don Kendall Drive gate
When: Tuesdays 6-9.30pm (during school terms)
More information: send an email co.332sqn@aafc.org.au or visit www.aafc.org.au

Australian Army Cadets – 219 Army Cadet Unit Wagga Wagga

The Australian Army Cadet provided teenagers with opportunity to develop skills including leadership, initiative, teamwork and problem solving in a safe, challenging and fun environment. 219 Army Cadet Unit is not parading due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Where: 1/19 RNSWR Reserve Depot, Dobbs Street, Wagga Wagga
When: Thursday 6-9pm (during school term)
More Information: www.cadetnet.gov.au or Facebook 219ACU – Wagga Wagga

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.

Regional info

Getting started

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

  • Wagga Wagga Australia - Area information, maps and things to do and see in Wagga. Includes a helpful ‘Moving to Wagga’ section
  • Wagga Wagga City Council - Events, guides, and information on community, services and attractions in Wagga

Defence postings in the Wagga Wagga area

  • RAAF Base Wagga
  • The Army Recruitment Training Centre / Blamey Barracks (Kapooka)

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Contacts

Wagga Wagga
02 6931 0011
76 Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2651

Defence Family Helpline | 1800 624 608