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Australian Capital Territory

Canberra From Black Mountain Tower, Australia PHOTO: Noodle Snacks

Canberra From Black Mountain Tower, Australia

Welcome to the ACT,  The Local area Coordinator for the Canberra area is Claire Macfarlane-Rowles.

Canberra is home to many Defence establishments including the Defence offices located at Russell and Campbell Park. Other major Defence locations are the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek, the Royal Military College Duntroon, the Australian Defence Force Academy, HMAS Harman, Defence Establishment Fairbairn and in NSW, Headquarters Joint Operations Command at Bungendore.

Our group covers families living across the Canberra region and families living in the surrounding areas of NSW.  Families with special needs moving into this area need to be aware that they can be housed in either NSW or the ACT and this may affect the type of services and support they require.  It is recommended that you put in place a Posting Plan with the DSNSG National Coordinator or contact the National Office on 1800 037 674  if you are considering a posting to this location.

DSNSG ACT holds regular coffee mornings, theatre events, social activities and family days. By linking in to us, you have access to the wider support, information and assistance that is available throughout our network.

For more information about the ACT region, have a look at the handy Your Community section on the Defence Community Organisation website.  If you are interested in attending upcoming Defence Community Organisation events in your area, please visit the Events page.  You can also find comprehensive resources available for download from the Resources page.

For more information about what we are doing in this area and when the next event or coffee and chat is please contact me on 0415737116 or please give the National Office a call on 1800 037 674.

Canberra – Claire Macfarlane-Rowles email

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Welcome to our end of year Newsletter.

  • National Coordinator Message – Kim Collins
  • National Assistant Coordinator Message – Terry Fisk
  • Membership & Communications Officer Message – Sandra Soulsby
  • Updated Local Coordinators List
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Dear DSNSG Members,
Welcome to DSNSG 21st Anniversary National E-Newsletter.
Inside this exciting edition, you will the find the following information.
  • Welcoming to 21st Anniversary E-Newsletter
  • Launching of 3 New Programs for 2015
  • Connecting Families
  • FYI
  • A word from Memberships
  • DSNSG Facebook Page
  • Important Links for families
  • National Committee and Local Coordinator Contact List
  • Supporting Partners.
Kind Regards,
Kim Collins
National Coordinator


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