Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 15, June 2016
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Ganyu Issue 15, June 2016

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A huge month for ALPA as we celebrated the opening of the RED (Regional Economic Development) Centre at our Darwin office. Our training team continued their work at Gapuwiyak and also celebrated the awarding of a Cert IV in Retail to a star Goulburn Island employee. Our Milingimbi Furniture team has been doing some outstanding work, and the Gapuwiyak RSAS team has helped to improve school attendance at Gapuwiyak. Our CDP sites have been making clothes and growing vegetables. We supported Athletics on Horn Island, as well as the development of a new business at Gapuwiyak. Some of our team also attended the Festival of Food Trade show. Happy reading !
RED Centre Opening
The opening of the RED (Regional Economic Development) centre took place on the 20 June 2016. The centre was officially opened by the NT Chief Minister accompanied by the ALPA Chairman Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM. This dynamic new centre hosts our CDP management staff and a training centre, as well as supports the development of community businesses.
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Business Creation at Gapuwiyak
This is what indigenous business development looks like at it’s inception. ALPA worker Henry Harper is seen here meeting with traditional leaders from Gapuwiyak to discuss the formation of a new enterprise at Gapuwiyak facilitated by ALPA, with local indigenous families as major stakeholders. This business will work towards creation of an accommodation facility, as well as securing contracts in construction, road building and other activities in the region. Local Gapuwiyak leaders  signed an agreement to commence the development of this venture which will create future local employment at Gapuwiyak.
Milingimbi Furniture Workers Skilling Up
Congratulations to our Milingimbi Furniture crew who are in their first year of carpentry training, but have managed to create this high quality cabinet from the first picture to the completed product without supervision in the space of two weeks. They have produced tradesmen like quality without anyone pushing them or supervising them, they are just a bunch of committed guys who are loving what they are doing. Well done to their supervisor and trainer Robert Crisfield for getting these workers to this level of skill and confidence, and the workers for taking up the challenge.
Galiwin'ku Clothes making
Women from the ALPA Galiwin’ku CDP have undertaken training in textiles and clothes production. During the course, the women learnt about all aspects of sewing, as well as dying and printing on clothes. The women produced T’shirts bags and skirts. Here some of the ladies are seen modelling their skirt creations. This training may support the development of a future clothes making industry at Galiwin’ku.
Gapuwiyak RSAS Team
The Gapuwiyak RSAS team have been moving from strength to strength, increasing school attendance by an average of 10% since taking over the program in January and also having greatly increased staff attendance. The Gapuwiyak RSAS team  run by ALPA have refined their approach to involve more community consultation and engagement to deliver these positive results. Great work team and keep up the good work!
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Janet Marbinda Receives Cert IV in Retail
Congratulations to Janet from the Ajurumu store on Goulburn Island on receiving her Certificate IV in Retail through ALPA's RTO. Janet is an outstanding employee who also works as a Duty Manager at the store at only 19 years of age.
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Milingimbi CDP Vegetables
The Milingimbi CDP have completed the first harvest from the their CDP Greenhouse! Rocket was abundant for making salad sandwiches, all organic with no sprays & grown from seed. The CDP Greenhouse is a project under Building Better Communities. CDP participants & supervisors built the Greenhouse from recyclable materials.   
To ensure ALPA CDP conserves water, the watering system drip feeds water to the root ball of each plant. Partnering with STEPS and a SEE trainer, CDP participants have received training on growing and harvesting vegetables & flowers for consumption & sale. Literacy, and numeracy education is incorporated into the horticulture training.

Plants grown from seed in the greenhouse are now being transplanted into a prepared garden bed outside the greenhouse e.g. pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons etc
The participants are very proud of their work & enjoy watching the plants grow & sharing the produce with all to eat.
Other plants soon to harvest are tomatoes, capsicums & beans.  CDP have built a chook house & will soon have chook manure to fertilize the vegie garden as well as eggs to complement the vegies.
ALPA CDP participants are building a better, healthy community by growing & producing organic vegetables, fruit, flowers & eggs in Milingimbi!
Gapuwiyak Work Experience
Gapuwiyak school students Theresa Malimbirr and Kanisha Rirrinydjil have been gaining valuable work experience at the Gapuwiyak ALPA store. They are both enjoying the experience and want to work at the ALPA Gapuwiyak store in the future. This initiative is creating future work pathways for indigenous people across our stores.
Athletics on Horn Island
Island & Cape were proud to support the Horn Island Athletics Carnival held on the 16-17 June. The local store provided free water for the event and cheered along in support of local schoolkids. Promoting an active healthy life for kids on the Torres Strait Islands.

Training at Gapuwiyak
ALPA Gapuwiyak workers Serita Dhalpawuy Gurruwiwi and Julie Gayilil have been receiving training for the Cert II in Retail Services delivered by ALPA trainer Tony Webb. Here they are pictured learning about milk expiration dates and the importance of checking them regularly. ALPA has been undertaking this formal workplace  training for over twenty years to back up it’s on the job training and help workers progress to more senior roles in their career.

Milingimbi Furniture new pieces
The team at Milingimbi Furniture have produced some outstanding work for the ALPA head office recently, including the board table and desk pictured above. Produced using native timbers and local Milingimbi trades trainees, these pieces of furniture are examples of the high end furniture being produced from the Milingimbi workshop.
Festival of Food Trade Show
A team of Merchandising, Store Managers and Nutritionist from ALPA took to Alice Springs for the Annual Festival of Food Trade Show. With over 100 suppliers presenting various new lines and specials the team spent the couple of days looking at products that could help improve our stores. Deals brokered at trade shows like these allow us to reduce costs of products for stores on our communities. Thank you Independent Grocers for a great weekend!
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