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News and events
Welcome to Sydney and Liverpool
ADF members and families in Sydney and Liverpool are invited to come along to our welcome event at Symbio Wildlife Park on Sunday 17 February 2019. Check out the amazing native and exotic animals at the zoo and cool off in the new splash park! A range of community groups and organisations will also be there to provide information about the support, assistance and activities available in the area. Numbers are limited, so get in early!
Bookings are essential and admission to the zoo is by wristband only. Contact the DCO Sydney and Liverpool office on 02 8782 8522 or dco.liverpool [at] defence.gov.au to reserve your place and arrange collection/delivery of your wristbands.
- Where: Symbio Wildlife Park, 7-11 Lawrence Hargrove Drive, Helensburgh
- When: Sunday, 17 February 2019, 9.30am–12.30pm (entry between 9.30am and 10.15am)
To find out about events for ADF families in Sydney, visit our Eventbrite page. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calender and share with friends.
Welcome to Richmond
All ADF members and families are invited to join us at our welcome events and we’d love to see you at our ‘Welcome to Richmond’!
All families who will be in the Richmond area – come and join us for a morning of family fun and entertainment at the Ted McCabe Function Centre, Hawkesbury Race Club. We’ll have a range of community groups and organisations there to share information about the support, assistance and activities available in the area. We’ll also have face painting, a jumping castle and other activities for everyone. Be sure to register by 25 January 2019.
When registering, please check that your email is accurate in case we need to contact you.
NOTE: This event is only for ADF members and their families.
Sport and recreation
Major sporting teams
South Sydney Rabbitohs (League)
Sydney Roosters (League)
St George Illawarra Dragons (League)
Penrith Panthers (League)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (League)
West Tigers (League)
Parramatta Eels (League)
Manly Sea Eagles (League)
Cronulla Sharks (League)
Sydney Swans (AFL)
New South Wales Waratahs (Union)
Western Sydney Rams (Union)
Sydney FC (Soccer)
DHA has engaged with utility providers to deliver ongoing savings and benefits to Defence members and their families. To view the current offers and savings in your area, visit your Online Services dashboard.
To save money on your bill check out the Energy Saving Guide for NSW.