Defence Community Organisation

DCO Wrap Up! 

May – National Families Weekdco11

DCO Wagga enjoyed a morning and afternoon of Ten Pin Bowling. Families gathered to have cream cake and conversation before heading off to bowl. Grandparents, teenagers, toddlers, children and adults provided happy sounds of laughter, fun and the occasional ‘Yahoo!’ when the strike was successful.

Graham and Deborah Noble came down from Townsville to visit their daughter Tracey Vagg and son-in-law David,
along with grandchildren Rose 2, Deanne 8, and Lily 6. Graham commented that it was lovely to turn up and be invited to bowl by the DCO Wagga team. He said the day was a great way to spend time with his family.

dco22This group of Munchkins knocked down pins and continued on with a happy, clapping dance followed by hugs for everyone. They were just a delight to watch. On the left Gabriel Naveau, 2, Charlotte Hayes, 2, and Aiden Naveau, 4 and on the right Zarni Mcgregor, 2 and Aryanna Hayes, 5.

June DCO – 20th Anniversary Morning Tea – Wagga 

The Riverine Club was established by pastoralists in the local Wagga region and was the venue for the Defence Community Organisation 20th Anniversary Morning Tea. The old world charm of an open log fire with an oak bar and billiards tables provided an interesting talking point for the gathering of Australian Military Personnel, Senior Australian Defence Force Officers, local representatives of non-profit organisations and Defence support services. DCO hosted a morning tea which acknowledged the work of the ADF’s contribution to the safety of both home and aboard, and in particular, the resilience of Defence families and their ability to settle into the local community every posting cycle.  Faye Considine acknowledged the Southern New South Wales team and the work that comes with connecting and linking families to local support services, and many of these local support services had come along for the celebration.

 

Colonel Stephen Jobson gave a moving account of how essential DCO is to his command. He recalled a time in which he had to mobilise people and stores after the 2005 Pakistani earthquake that had devastated the country. COL Jobson spoke of the role of DCO in assisting in this process which called up ADF personnel to be deployed to Pakistan in two days.

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During this period DCO assisted families with the unexpected deployment, arranged family events, connected families with others in the same situation and provided care in a time of confusion. COL Jobson highlighted that the work of DCO is integral to family wellbeing due to the depth of understanding the organisation has of the military lifestyle which is imperative and invaluable with regard to his Command and support to his position. We wish Steve and his family all the best in the next posting.

 

 

Colonel Jobson, Group Captain Ross Jones and Lieutenant Commander Andrew Patmore cutting the 20th Anniversary cake for DCO.

 

Upcoming events – Dates to remember

Xmas Treats – FREE family event. RAAF Wagga invites all Military families, APS and support staff to Xmas treats at the RAAF base on 11 November from 4-7pm. Use your Base pass to gain entry or contact CPL Darren Hobbs on (02) 6937 5829.

 

DCO’s Welcome to Wagga – This FREE family event, designed to welcome new families into the area and catch up with all those staying on, will be held at the Oasis Aquatic Centre on Morgan Street, 18 February 2017.

 

Coffee Connections – On 24 February, this event is specifically aimed at Defence partners, assisting social connectivity, linking with local community services and discussion surrounding DCO’s Partner Education and Employment Program. So let DCO buy you a coffee and come along.

 

Flyers will be on the DRN, notice boards and accessible through Community Houses – the RANCH and Kapooka Neighbourhood House – so please join their Facebook page. Join DCO’s Facebook page as we regularly post DCO news and events.