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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 Military Support Officer.

My name is Andrew and I am the Military Support Officer for DMFS 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.