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Support Networks in the Shoalhaven

Kookaburra Retreat (Shoalhaven Defence Families Association)

The SDFA is a not-for-profit organisation set up to bring fun, friendship and support to Defence and civilian families in the Shoalhaven and surrounding areas.

Kookaburra Retreat is a welcoming place for people to relax, form friendships, have fun and feel connected within the community. There is a strong emphasis on providing support to those facing the particular challenges associated with the defence way-of-life. At Kookaburra Retreat, the SDFA offers a wide range of programs, however during current COVID-19 restrictions, these programs may not be running. For more information go to:

Shoalhaven Defence Catchups

This dynamic group was formed by a number of Defence spouses who were interested in creating a supportive social network for Defence families in the local area. They frequently meet up for morning teas at The Tea Club in Nowra and occasionally meet for lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

For more information, look up Shoalhaven Defence Catchups on Facebook.

Nowra DCO Family Liaison Officer

My name is Tamasin and I am the Family Liaison Officer for DCO Nowra. I come from a mental health background and am also a Defence spouse. I have been through deployment, postings, MWDU and everything in between!

My role as a Family Liaison Officer is to connect you with local services to help support you in your life as a Defence family. This is done through the running of capacity building programs such as FamilySMART and KidSMART, social events such as coffee mornings and outdoor activities and continued support through our Nowra office.

If you would like to get involved in our events, take a look at our Eventbrite page or follow us on Facebook. If you would like regular updates on what is happening at DCO Nowra, send an email to and sign up to our mailing list. I work out of the Berry Street office Monday to Thursday.

If you are seeking support, or want to touch base, feel free to give the Defence Family Helpline a call on 1800 624 608 or email


Nowra Military Support Officer.

My name is Andrew and I am the Military Support Officer for DCO Nowra. I have been in the Royal Australian Navy for 42 years, having joined when I was 15 years old. During my time in the Navy I have visited many countries in South East Asia as well as England, Japan, Egypt, Greece and Pakistan. Some of my career highlights are being part of Anzac Day Commemorative services in Turkey and France and two weeks in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

My role as a Military Support Officer covers support to Command at HMAS Creswell and HMAS Albatross as well as support to families in the areas of Defence Bereavement and Critical Incidents. Also, if families have any questions with regards to military/service issues I can generally assist. I work out of the Nowra Office in Berry Street from Monday to Friday.

If you are seeking support, or want to touch base, feel free to give the Defence Family Helpline a call on 1800 624 608 or email