Australian Military Wives Choir
The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWC) is looking for women in the Defence community to lead a group of women's voices. 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.
Defence Special Needs Support Group
The Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) provides peer support and a range of programs to support Defence families with special needs. DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia including here in the Katherine/Tindal region.
More info: DSNSG has coordinators and groups right across Australia. To find a coordinator near you visit their website.
**Defence families with special needs**
Defence Community Organisation (DCO) provides practical assistance to Defence families who have dependants with special needs. This assistance especially focuses on reducing the impact of relocations and minimising any interruption to specialist services that the dependant needs.
In order to receive any of the assistance and support services available, you will first need to have your dependant with special needs formally recognised by Defence. Forms and details can be found on the DCO website.
Godinymayin Yijard Arts and Culture Centre
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (GYRACC) is a stunning centre with landmark contemporary architecture built to service the people of the Katherine region. The Centre is a meeting place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather and share art and culture through exhibitions, music/theatre/dance performances, education programs, workshops and cultural celebrations.
More info: Visit their website, director [at] gyracc.org.au (email) or phone (08) 8972 3751 to learn more about getting involved.
Katherine Derby Dolls
Established in late 2011, Katherine Derby Dolls has grown from a handful of ladies that hadn’t been on quad skates in years, to an enviable bunch in a matter of months. Whether you are interested in learning how to play roller derby, are keen to volunteer your services for coaching or refereeing, or are merely curious about learning how to skate, they would love to hear from you.
Katherine Regional Arts
Katherine Regional Arts is the leading community cultural arts development organisation in the Katherine region. It works cooperatively with local, Territory and national organisations and artists to develop and implement community driven arts and cultural initiatives throughout the region, enrich individual and community life through participation in and exposure to the arts, and facilitate community development.
More info: Visit their website, eo [at] katherineregionalarts.org.au (email) or phone (08) 8971 0928 to learn more about getting involved.
Network Tindal provides support to the RAAF Tindal community and nearby Katherine network and is an incorporated association made up of a volunteer committee. The group facilitates support to several clubs and groups who offer recreation, hobby and social activities for the members and families posted to RAAF Tindal. Some Network Tindal initiatives include the community based newsletter Tindal Community Times, a creative craft network, Tindal treehouse, Tindal Playgroup. LAN group and Tindal teens group.
The facilities available on base include a gym, pool, ovals and play equipment. RAAF Welfare offers camper trailers and equipment at a low cost, and the Fishing Club offers two boats that you can hire. Tindal RAAF Base also offers community rooms to Defence-related persons for hire. Bookings can be made by contacting E&IG for more information.
More info: Debbie Marshall is the Coordinator and Brooke Davey is the Chairperson of Network Tindal and both invite you to lend a hand or join a group as there is something for everyone. Visit their website or like their Facebook page for regular updates.
NT Friendship and Support - Katherine
NT Friendship and Support assists vulnerable people to enjoy an inclusive and accessible community through providing respite for children with disabilities, supporting foster carers and providing support to families of children with disabilities. The group welcomes new members to help them achieve their mission of a more inclusive community.
More info: Visit their website, admin [at] ntfriendship.org.au (email) or phone (08) 8971 0027.
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.
More info: Check out the Open Arms - Veterans and Families Counselling website and group programs.
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA) is a nationwide support network for partners of past and present members of the ADF, offering support, friendship, information and understanding. PVA believes there is a great need for support for all partners/carers, widows/widowers and families of Australian veterans, both now and in the future.
Territory Craft Katherine Incorporated
Territory Craft Katherine is a not-for-profit community organisation that supports and promotes contemporary craft in the Katherine District. It also provides workshop facilities and a resource library for those who wish to pursue a new craft or read up and find some new ideas of their current craft.
More info: terrcraftkath [at] bigpond.com (Email) or phone (09) 8971 0740 to learn more about getting involved.
Top Didj and Art Gallery
A truly unique Indigenous cultural experience lead by artists from the Top End Region of the Northern Territory. This art gallery displays the finest collection of Aboriginal art and digeridoos in the area. Here you can also learn about indigenous cultural and art, paint your own piece of Indigenous art work, learn to throw a spear using a woomera, and test your skills at fire lighting.
More info: Visit their website, top.didj [at] bigpond.com (email) or phone (08) 8971 2751.
YMCA Katherine coordinates the Henry Scott Recreation Centre (great for gym, skating, crèche and group fitness) and Katherine Aquatic Centre (to cool off during those hot summers), as well as various youth services. An excellent place to take the family as there is something for everyone!
More info: Visit their website, katherine [at] ymca.org.au (email) or phone (08) 8972 2592.