Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 19, October 2016
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Ganyu Issue 19, October 2016

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So much happening again this month with ALPA winning another award, this time for Environmental Innovation. Ramingining Festival was held and a Healthy Community Cookbook was launched. A football cup was held in Yirrkala supported by ALPA. There were also some great community projects undertaken by ALPA CDP participants. Staff at our Island & Cape Stores and CDP workers and staff were recognised, as well as two of our long serving retail staff who celebrated 20 years of service. Happy reading!
ALPA wins Environmental Innovation award for second year running
During the month, ALPA won the Keep Australia Beautiful award Environmental Innovation Award for the NT for the second year running. This is largely in recognition of ALPA's Plastic Fantastic 3D Printing program, recycling plastic waste into 3D Printed objects. ALPA has also recently installed solar panels on it's Darwin office and low voltage LED lighting in most of our main ALPA stores.
ALPA and Rirratjingu Football Cup winners
Congratulations to the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club Buffettes for winning the ALPA Cup and the Wanderers FC Darwin for winning the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Cup in Yirrkala. The football games were followed by a great line up of entertainment  with performances by Gawurra, East Journey, Yirrmal and Yothu Yindi and Larrakitj trophies presented by the beautiful Magnolia Maymuru.
Milingimbi worker wins Swinburne Encouragement Award
During the month, John Munydjingu from Milingimbi CDP was awarded with a Swinburne Encouragement Award for the best student in Arnhem Land. ALPA has been partnering with Swinburne University to deliver a Remote Area Building Repairs and Maintenance (RABRAM) qualification in Arnhem Land. John has now moved into a construction job, working on restoration and repair of the Milingimbi church with Bukmak Constructions.

Turtle and Barramundi wall hangings
The crew from Ramingining ALPA CDP have created some fantastic woodcraft wall hangings of barramundi and turtles that are also now being painted with traditional designs. Pictured are Timothy Gaykamangu, Luke Dhamarrandji ang Luke Dhamarrandji. Keep up the great work!

Ramingining Food Ladder
The recently built Food Ladder green house at Dinybulu Services in Ramingining is currently growing it's first crop of vegetables for local consumption. Some of the workers are very excited about working in this food production and spoke about their feelings of returning to farming practiced by their elders in the video below.
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Combatting Food Wastage at Ramingining
According to the author Tristram Stuart in his book "Waste," up to half of the food in affluent countries is discarded, enough to feed all the world's hungry at least three times over. At ALPA Ramingining, relief Manager Greg is doing his bit to prevent food wastage, making delicious banana cake and banana bread from bananas that have turned brown. The store is also using vegetables that have minor defects in a popular kangaroo stew being sold at the store.

Trachoma Screening at Milingimbi
The NT Department of Health provided short term paid work to four workers from ALPA CDP at Milingimbi to assist them with their Trachoma Screening Program. The Department of Health staff said that the Milingimbi workers were the keenest & most committed she has worked with from all the communities as nearly 100% of the children were found & screened, resulting in only 5 cases of Trachoma. Pictured are Tyreece, Rosemary and Kathy providing education to Tammy Bukulatjpi and mother Janie-Lee Carson.

Communities walk to school
The return to a new school term on the 10th October again saw our ALPA CDP participants joining forces with the RSAS team to create a community walk to school at the communities of Milingimbi, Ramingining, Gapuwiyak and Yirrkala where ALPA operates RSAS programs. A great way to start the school term.
Milingimbi CDP congratulates workers and employees of the month
During the month, ALPA CDP Milingimbi took time to celebrate it's employees and workers of the month for the past few months. Well done to all. Pictured left to right are:
Jason Wanambi
(August Employee of the Month)
Gertie Nawia
(September Employee of the Month)
Rosemary Dhatu
(August Worker of the Month)
Jacob Djalangi
(September Worker of the Month)
Helen Milminydjarrk
(July Employee of the Month)
Kath Boyne (CDP Site Manager)
Healthy Community Cookbook launched
A new cookbook designed with easy to use and follow recipes has been developed by ALPA and was recently launched at the Chief Ministers Football Cup in Yirrkala. This book was jointly published by ALPA and the Rriratjingu Aboriginal Corporation. Contact ALPA to obtain a free copy.
Ramingining Bak'bididi Festival
The festival this year was a three day celebration of music art and culture, featuring two big nights of music and dance and a sports carnival of basketball and futsal. local acts Ramigining Allstars, Arnhem Blues Band, Charlie D and Dhubal band teamed up with visiting acts from the region including Wirringa Band, Reflections, Bärra West Wind, Ezy 5, Poison Whiskey and Sea Band. Local arts centre, Bula'Bula arts contributed a festival banner and interactive projection art and local senior women ran a weaving workship. The event was funded by ALPA, East Arnhem Shire and the NT Government, and organised by ARDS Aboriginal Corporation.
Island and Cape staff recognised for outstanding work
A number of Island & Cape staff were selected as finalists in the The Torres Strait Employment and Training Recognition Awards during the month. Maira pictured on the left was nominated for Deadly Customer Service and Steph on the right for Inspirational Employee. Elisha from Horn Island was also nominated for an achiever award, and Island & Cape for Inspirational Employee. We are very proud of these staff and their achievements.
Consumer Affairs videos production
ALPA is continuing to make a series of videos on Consumer Affairs, funded by NT Consumer Affairs. This month we filmed at Galiwin'ku with CDP participants, talking about returning goods that are broken or faulty and the process of making a complaint.
ALPA 2015/16 Annual Report released
Our latest Annual report provides details of the great year ALPA has had, with expansion into different areas fuelled by an outstanding performance from our retail division.
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Building and Painting Bus Shelters at Milingimbi
The ALPA CDP team at Milingimbi have done a fantastic job building and painting bus shelters in different parts of the community as a community driven project. All of the men painting the bus shelters are following the footsteps of their fathers as their fathers were artists. According to CDP Supervisor Jimmy Burpur, "They haven't been doing artwork & painting the bus shelters was opening up their cultural background & where they come from. These  bus shelters mean more to the community then just a bus shelter. Each bus shelter represents their culture, pride, family, camp, community, family and a place for them to sit & feel it's their place.
3D Printing training continuing
Participants from ALPA CDP at Milingimbi and Ramingining received training in 3D Printing design with Tinkercad, as well as electronics and 3D printing production from ModFab. This video shows some of the participants talking about their experience of the program, as well as teaching local school students how to use the software and do 3D printing.
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Ramingining Homeland Lot Numbers
The crew from Ramingining ALPA CDP have painted numbers to be used on surrounding homelands houses. These numbers will make it much easier for service providers to find people needing services, as well as visiting friends and family.
Celebrating 20 years of service
In the past month, we saw a special milestone achieved by two of ALPA's longest serving members of the ALPA Retail team - Graham Prince and Andrew Prigmore. These two men have been out bush managing ALPA stores for over 20 years now....a great achievement and testimony to their years of dedicated service. Graham and Andrew are seen here celebrating their milestone with ALPA COO Mik Nemarich and ALPA CEO Alastair King.
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