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Melaleuca and Life Saving Swimming Program 2014

swim2swim1Young people arriving in Darwin as refugees may have come from refugee camps or poor conditions in war torn countries. Access to swimming and water safety education may not have been an option or a priority. Due to the popularity and accessibility of water based activities in Darwin, Melaleuca recognises the need to provide intensive, supported and culturally appropriate swimming lessons to newly arrived refugees as essential.

In January this year Melaleuca Refugee Centre, together with Royal Life Saving Society NT ran our fifth Holiday Swimming Program. Despite the dreary, rainy weather, there were 46 keen participants! The program is designed by Royal Life Saving Society NT with a focus on safety, building confidence in the water and lifesaving skills. However, the intensive two week program also provides young people with a fun, social activity that can aid positive connections with youth workers at Melaleuca and alleviate social isolation in the long school holiday period. An increased involvement in sport and recreational activities helps participants to improve both their mental and physical health. For newly arrived young people, it forms connection to community services and the broader community. There has been a lot of interest from parents and younger siblings in accessing swimming lessons. We hope that this is an option in the future and are currently looking into potential funding that might make this possible. We thank Royal Life Saving Society NT for this fantastic partnership, as well as the lovely staff at Casuarina Swimming Pool and of course the attentive swim instructors.


World Refugee Day Festival – 16 June

WolrdRefugeeDayWorldRefugeeDay1WoldRefugeeWorldProgramTheme: Restoring Hope
Where: Jingili Water Gardens
Date: Sunday, 16th June 9am-6pm
Contact Jenny on: or 8985 3311.

Celebrate Darwin’s diversity through the collaborative efforts of Darwin’s community of former Refugees, volunteers and friends all gathered together for a day of fun, extremely yummy food and a soccer grand final event to watch! Read More:

Harmony Day for under 5 years old – 20 March

HarmonyDayTheme: Many Stories – One Australia
Where: Malak Community Hall, Malak Crescent
Date: Wednesday, 20th March 9.30am-12am

FREE – Jumping castle & fun bus, balloons, art activities, dress-ups, multicultural performers and much more! Morning tea provided! For children birth to 5 years

For any more information phone Diane at Early Childhood Australia NT 8986 7142

Happy Nawruz Celebration – 24 March

NawruzDarwin Persian Association (DPA) invites you to celebrate Persian New Year with Persian dance performances, music and cuisine.

When: Sunday 24th March 2013
Time: 4:30-9:00pm
Where: Cypress Community Centre 30 Batten Rd, Marrara

Free event with gold coin donation. For more information contact

Cooking with Culture Recipe Book

CookingWithCulture“Cooking With Culture” is a cooking and nutrition program for multicultural seniors that commenced at the MCNT in March 2010 in partnership with Anglicare NT’s Linkcare Community Options Service. MCNT and Anglicare NT worked together with participants to collate and record a fantastic selection of heritage recipes. The production and launch of the “Cooking With Culture” Recipe Book is supported by FaHCSIA, DoHA, COTA NT and Foodbank NT.

The Malak Community Shed

MalakCommunityShedMalak Community Shed is a project run by Darwin Community Arts (DCA) promoting creativity, sustainability, art, culture and a sense of community. It is a community space located in the underground car park of the Malak Community Square and is run by community members and DCA volunteers.

The Community Shed is used for meetings, seminars, cultural exchange, art skills training and much more. There are many workshops held throughout the year completely free of charge, covering topics such as bike repair, growing your own food, sewing, furniture renovation and IT skills. The Community Shed is looking for volunteers and people from community who want to pass on their knowledge, gain new skills or simply meet new people.

For more information or if you would like to contribute contact Paul Wyatt – 0407 454 131

Or visit their website here:

Melaleuca has Moved!

MelaleucaMovingPicPublicBusServiceMelaleuca Refugee Centre has moved its office to 24 McLachlan Street, Darwin NT 0800

Our new premises in the city

  • offers more community space and open green area
  • is in a central location and close to other service providers
  • has more and better transport accessibility

Public Bus Service

Regular Services:
Casuarina / Darwin: 4, 5, 10, 21
Palmerston / Darwin: 8,28

Express Services:
OL1 Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin Orbital
OL2 Casuarina, Darwin and Palmerston
21 Hospital via Casuarina to Darwin
22 Leanyer to Darwin
25 Karama to Darwin
28 Humpty Doo to Darwin via Palmerston

Attention: Temporary Changes to Darwin CBD Bus and Taxi Services
Due to City of Darwin’s Cavenagh Street upgrade works between Daly and Searcy Streets, the services outside Woolworths and the Mediterranean Hotel will be temporary relocated on Smith Street.