NT Community Picnic

After the Official Office Launch on Friday, Deaf Services and the Deaf Society hosted a Community Picnic at the Darwin Botanic Gardens. 

It was fantastic to see over 100 Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members come together to celebrate with us!  



Our staff really enjoyed getting to know everyone in a laid-back setting with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.  

A special thanks to Hyper the Clown for making us all laugh with a fun magic show and balloon animals! 



Before lunch, we had Dorrie-Anne Raymond from Larrakia Nation perform a Welcome to Country, followed by our CEO, Brett Casey, who gave special thanks to everyone who helped us put the day together. 



We had a sausage sizzle for lunch which was kindly prepared by the wonderful team at Casuarina Lions Club with all our leftovers donated to their next event.  



Darwin Deaf community member Annabel Bishop did an Auslan storytelling of a local children’s book called ‘Too Many Cheeky Dogs’ written by Johanna Bell and illustrated by Dion Beasley. The kids loved the interactive story time!  

Our copy of the book was then gifted to the Northern Territory Education Department Hearing Services. 



It was great to see so many of you wearing our bucket hats for protection from the hot Darwin sun – and using our selfie frames for pictures! 



To round the day off, kids (and adults) had lots of fun making sand and scratch art with Nicole from our Hear for Kids team.  



Thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate this historic moment for Deaf, deafblind and Hard of Hearing community members in the Northern Territory! 


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