Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 1, February 2015
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In this issue, we look at some of the great training initiatives ALPA is involved with, including trades training and media training on the communities of Milingimbi and Ramingining. Recovery efforts are also continuing from Cyclone Lam and Nathan. Over on the Cape, ALPA opened a new office for the Island & Cape Stores. We also look at some of the activities ALPA is supporting, including the Marrma' Rom foundation, sports activities and NAAJA legal videos. Finally, we take a look at some of the strong women working for ALPA in our staff profiles.
RJCP Corporate Basketball
At Ramingining, ALPA has started a corporate basketball competition, with the first matching between the ALPA RSAS walking school bus team and the ALPA RJCP workers. It was a tough competition that received a lot of community support. This activity is designed to give older people on the community a social event.
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Cyclone Relief Distribution
ALPA has been hard at work distributing donations received from the "Hands up for Arnhem Land" appeal for victims of Tropical Cyclone Lam and Nathan. To date, three shipping containers full of bedding and other household supplies have been distributed to the affected communities of Milingimbi, Galiwin'ku and Gapuwiyak, with 8 still to be delivered, and another 10 containers on the way. An outstanding effort and thanks to all our corporate and private sponsors for their support, as we help to get communities and homelands back on track.  This recovery and repair work will continue for some time to come. 
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Swinburne Media Training
ALPA Staff Greg Stehle and Henry Harper attended a workshop at Swinburne Tafe in Melbourne to plan delivery of Certificate II in Media training at the communities of Milingimbi and Ramingining as part of our RJCP program. This training will be rolled out over the coming year in partnership with Swinburne, allowing the development of a new breed of yolngu filmmakers and media practitioners.

NAAJA Legal Videos

At Ramingining community, ALPA RJCP has been facilitating the development of legal educational videos with NAAJA. These videos will provide vital legal information in an understandable way, as well as develop media skills for RJCP participants, prior to commencement of Cert II in Media training to be delivered.
Joanne Gulurrthu Baker
Staff Profile
Joanne is a strong woman and RJCP supervisor at Milingimbi community. Part of her role includes involvement with delivery of the Sound Ways literacy learning program, helping to give people a pathway to work through language.
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Marrma' Rom Foundation Support
ALPA has been supporting the Marrma' Rom foundation for a number of years, supporting young indigenous youth from Arnhem Land attending boarding school in Geelong. One of the great things to come out of this initiative is the "Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys" band, which has been playing gigs and touring to different festivals, providing a future pathway for some future yolngu leaders.
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Island & Cape office opening
Island & Cape Retail Enterprises celebrated the official opening of its new Cairns headquarters on Friday night (22 May). Island & Cape Retail Enterprises General Manager Operations Kim Nona said “Our new corporate office reflects our commitment to provide high quality services, and by the addition of this new workspace, we hope we will continue to exceed our customer’s expectations."
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Trades Training
ALPA RJCP is partnering with Swinburne Tafe to deliver trades training to RJCP workers in wordwork, concreting and building at Milingimbi and Ramingining. Training in these skills provides a vital pathway to work, and we are looking at developing a furniture making business. ALPA visited Swinburne Tafe in Melbourne to view their operations there. View Video Here
Ganygulpa Dhurrkay
Staff Profile

Ganygulpa is an inspirational RJCP Supervisor at Milngimbi, full of enthusiasm and a driving force behind the success of the program. She has also been involved in driving the Sound Ways literacy learning to help people gain language skills for work.
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Helen Motiti Dhamarrandji
Staff Profile
Helen is one of our dedicated long term ALPA store workers at Milingimbi, having worked for over 15 years in the store. She has undertaken training over the years and now helps in supervising other staff.
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