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A garden transformation took place recently at AHL’s Daisy Yarmirr Hostel in Darwin, thanks to the Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP) based at Defence Establishment Berrimah.

Over the years, AHL has teamed up with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on a number of rewarding programs.

Currently, 16 of our Canon Boggo Pilot Hostel students on Thursday Island are Australian Navy Cadets and this experience allows them to develop new skills, build confidence and make life long friends. 

The AIDP program helps kick start careers in Defence for First Nations people, who are offered mentoring from current ADF members, leaving the program with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to enter the ADF with confidence.

One part of the program involves project-based learning, where participants create and construct something that gives back to the local community. Participants work together to choose a worthy project.

We were delighted to hear that the AIDP students selected Daisy Yarmirr Hostel for their project. The students worked together to install and paint raised garden beds.  


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‘It was so lovely to see the students’ enthusiastic teamwork when designing and creating the new garden space for our hostel. Thanks to the team at the Army Indigenous Development Program for partnering with us,’ said Daphne Allia, Hostel Manager at Daisy Yarmirr.





This installation has created a more inviting entrance to the hostel, helping Daisy Yarmirr Hostel to continue to be a place where residents feel welcomed.

Thanks to the participants for their exceptional work transforming this space, which is sure to evolve over time, as the plants grow. We look forward to working with AIDP again in the future.

We are always looking for ways to partner with local community groups. We encourage interested organisations to contact our National Office Team to discuss partnership opportunities.