31 July 2013 DHA to give Indigenous trainees hands-on experience

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) will team with Greening Australia to provide hands-on horticultural experience to local Indigenous students. Through DHA’s residential development at Breezes Muirhead, the Breezes Muirhead Indigenous Training Program will deliver on-site training aimed at Indigenous participants in the local area.

“In planning our Breezes residential development we were very careful to involve the Darwin community,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said. “This agreement is just another way that we can give back to the community that has supported us.”

The program will be open to up to 10 participants at any one time, and will run for 22 weeks, during which time participants will attend three face-to-face training sessions each week.

“It will give Indigenous trainees a rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the Breezes residential development, as well as in the Greening Australia Native Nursery,” Mr Howman said. “They will also complete the program with qualifications in conservation and land management, which they will be able to use in the broader community.”

Greening Australia will coordinate the program by providing trainers and course materials. Each week participants will attend theory, practical and commercial workshops, including landscape maintenance activities, seed collection, tub stock planting and park planting.

“The plants that the students produce in the Greening Australia Native Nursery during their course will then be planted within the Breezes residential development to create a living legacy,” Mr Howman said.

Breezes is situated on a 167 hectares site at Muirhead, 16 kilometres north of Darwin’s CBD. On completion it will include more than 30 hectares of public open space, five kilometres of cycleways and walkways, a fitness circuit and four community parks with quality playground equipment and barbecue facilities.

For more information contact:

Kate McKay, National Manager Marketing Communication 0421 040 098 kate.mckay@dha.gov.au