We've scoured the internet looking for the best resources to help support your transition into the remote posting localities. Below you'll find everything from local news and events, sporting and recreation facilities, public transport options and a wide range of community groups. If you think something is missing please email communications [at] dha.gov.au or dco.communication [at] defence.gov.au with your suggestions.
News and events:
Defence Community Organisation hosts a variety of events in support of Defence families. Find out about events and activities on offer in your area on the DCO website under Events and Your Community. Events and activities in remote locations can be coordinated by DCO Townsville and Cairns pending interest from families in the respective locations. To find out about events for ADF families in Townsville or Cairns, visit their Eventbrite pages. You'll be able to RSVP, add events to your calendar and share with friends.
The Mount Isa Council provides information – pet registration, community information and upcoming events calendar, comprehensive list of sporting clubs, library, waste management etc. www.mountisa.qld.gov.au
The Weipa Town Office provides information on– pet registration, community information, rates, library, waste management etc. http://www.weipatownoffice.com
The Torres Shire council provides information regarding community groups and services. http://www.torres.qld.gov.au/home . 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: http://pka.org.au/
Tully and Mission Beach
Public transport is not available in Mount Isa, Weipa or Thursday Island.
Queensland Rail runs regularly between Cairns and Brisbane with stops in Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell. http://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/
Tully and Mission Beach transport options
A variety of bus services are available. Greyhound Australia runs regularly between Cairns and Brisbane with stops in Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell. http://www.greyhound.com.au/Travel-Your-Way/BookYourTravel
Local Bus services
Trans North Bus & Coach Service. Local services for primary schools and members of the public between Tully and Mission Beach and Tully and El Arish (school pick-up, drop offs). http://www.transnorthbus.com.au/
Mission Link – An airport shuttle between Cairns and homes/accommodation in Mission Beach. http://www.missionlink.com.au/
Calypso Coaches – Primarily for schools but also for members of the public. Runs between mission Beach and Innisfail and Mission Beach and Tully at school pick-up and drop off times. http://www.calypsocoaches.com.au/
Mission Beach Taxi – 0429 689 366 http://www.missionbeachtaxi.com.au/
Tully – Supreme Taxis – 07 4068 1427
For a full range of transport information visit http://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/transport-information
Weipa – Rio Tinto is the sole electricity supplier (07) 4069 8417
Thursday Island - Ergon Energy is the sole supplier. Contact on 13 10 46 or visit their website https://www.ergon.com.au/
Mount Isa – There are a number of electricity providers in Mount Isa https://www.localsearch.com.au/find/electricity-providers/mount-isa-qld
Tully/Mission Beach - Ergon Energy is the sole electricity supplier for Tully and Mission Beach. They can be contacted on 13 10 46 or visit their website https://www.ergon.com.au/
To save money on your bill check out the Energy-Saving Guide for QLD.