Community groups and centres

Useful links

Defence maintains community centres and neighbourhood houses around Australia, where community group meetings or family-orientated activities can be held. Information on community groups and centres in the area is available from Your Community on the DCO website.

Mount Isa

The Mount Isa Council provides information – pet registration, community information and upcoming events calendar, comprehensive list of sporting clubs, library, waste management etc.


The Weipa Town Office provides information on– pet registration, community information, rates, library, waste management etc.

Thursday Island

The Torres Shire council provides information regarding community groups and services. . The Port Kennedy Association (PKA) website has a ‘What’s on’ section where you can find information about any important days or events in the community:

Tully & Mission Beach

Mission Beach Information Centre has information about local services, community groups and activities around Mission Beach. For more information call 07 4068 7099 or email info [at]

Tully has a local Cassowary Coast Council facility (Tully Civic Centre, 38-40 Bryant Street) and Tully Support Centre which both provide a good overview of services available in the community. The Centre is open Monday-Wednesday 9am-1pm & 2pm-4pm, Thursday 9am-2pm. For more information call 07 4068 1004 or email info [at]

There are a number of Facebook pages/groups for people living in Mission Beach/Tully.

Autism Queensland

Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They provide specialised education, therapy and support services for people of all ages with ASD and their families and are Queensland's longest serving and most experienced agency in the delivery of early intervention, education and training, therapy and respite care. 

More info: Visit their website to connect with their many offices throughout QLD. 

Defence Special Needs Support Group 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.

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 but the services and support are limited in the remote locations.

Defence families with special needs who are considering a posting to a remote locality are encouraged to contact the DSNG National Office on 1800 037 674 or national.coordinator [at] (), or visit their website for more details.




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.

RSL Queensland

RSL Queensland has evolved to be the largest ex-service organisation in the state, with over 240 Sub Branches across 10 districts offering practical assistance including: Assistance with DVA claims; emergency financial assistance; home and hospital visits; short-term emergency accommodation; low cost housing; bereavement assistance; comradeship and mateship and connections to other ex-service organisations.

Their staff and volunteers work to: Provide ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services; provide welfare and support for the wounded, injured and ill and their families; honour the memory of those who have served through commemorative events; preserve the spirit of mateship within the ADF community and promote the interests of veterans and ADF members to Government and the wider community.

More info: Visit their website or call (07) 3634 9444.

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.  

More info: Visit their website to connect with your local QLD branch, or find them on Facebook.