Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 24, March 2017
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Ganyu Issue 24, March 2017

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In this issue, we were busy at Ramingining with the creation of videos around consumer issues, and also celebrated International Women's Day. At Galiwin'ku, our CDP team enjoyed using a trailer built by HPA, and also undertook 3D Printing Training. Some retail staff at Galiwin'ku also undertook Financial Literacy training. Bukmak Constructions are going full steam ahead with yardworks  construction at Galiwin'ku and Manapan Furniture is about to be officially launched. In preparation, Yurrwi* CDP participants have been training in woodwork. Badu island store received a store fitout and workers at Yurrwi* were interviewed about their experiences of work and ALPA CDP. Yurrwi* ALPA CDP also celebrated their CDP workers and employees of the last two months. Also, check out some awesome dancing from members from Ramingining ALPA CDP. Happy Reading!
*Note: name of Mil... community is not being used currently due to death of a local person with the same name.
Filming Consumer Education Films at Ramingining
This month, four films abour consumer issues were produced at Ramingining with members of ALPA CDP. Filming involved media training for participants as well as paid work for local actors. The films are about Buying a Car, Fixing Your Car, Keep Your PIN Safe and Warranties. Stay tuned to the ALPA Youtube channel to see them when they are released. The films were produced with funding from NT Department of Consumer Affairs. ALPA is very proud to work with NT Consumer Affairs on these important consumer protection messages.
New Trailer for Galiwin'ku CDP Team
Late last year HPA provided ALPA with two spectacular customized trailers which were sent out to the CDP team in the community of Galiwin'ku. It was great to see the pride and satisfaction that the HPA team had in delivering their finished product, these feelings are mirrored by the Yolngu team using the trailers everyday to support their local community. HPA Helping People Achieve are an inspiring organisation in Darwin who assist people with disabilities to create a fulfilling everyday life and achieve their full potential through employment.
Yardworks Construction At Galiwin'ku with BUKMAK
The BUKMAK constructions team at Galiwin'ku have recently received a delivery of 350 tonnes of fencing equipment and supplies, to make over 9km of fences for houses at Galiwin'ku, as a project for NT Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics. This project will run for 76 weeks, providing local employment for up to 12 local Yolngu people. The project includes fencing, shade structures and planting around 80 new houses at Galiwin'ku. Pictured above are some workers concreting a verandah as part of this project.
Badu Island Store Refit
The store at Badu Island in the Torres Strait Islands, part of our Island & Cape group of stores recently underwent a facelift. Upgrades to the store included new shelving, painting of the floor and the addition of two new checkouts. This will help provide a better service to the people of Badu Island.
Working at Yurrwi*
ALPA CDP at Yurrwi* were asked by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to interview former participants who were placed in employment by ALPA CDP. Pictured above is Joel Joe who recently started work at the local mechanic workshop run by East Arnhem Regional Council. Workers interviewed were very positive about their work experiences and the help that ALPA CDP provided. Their responses will be included in a national publication to be published by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
*Note: The Mil... community has been temporarily renamed to Yurrwi due to the death of a community member with the same name
Workers of the month at ALPA CDP Yurrwi*
The team at ALPA CDP Yurrwi* were happy to present awards for workers and employees of the month in February and march at a ceremony last week. RAMVEK founding director Mark White was on hand to present awards to these outstanding workers. Pictured above is Mark White with Justin Wadulana, CDP Worker of the Month for March 2017. Congratulations also to Francine Yikawru CDP Worker of the Month for February. Brenda Ryle was CDP Employee of the Month for March and    Lindsay Namarriny for February. Well done all!
*Note: The Mil... community has been temporarily renamed to Yurrwi due to the death of a community member with the same name
International Women's Day at Ramingining
Lot's of fun was had by women at International Women's Day celebrations in Ramingining last week. The event, organised by Families As First Teachers (FAFT), was supported by ALPA CDP and included a photo booth with costumes, nail painting and other fun activities. ALPA Director Fay Matjarra Garrawurra was in attendance, one of the strong women making up 50% of the ALPA board.
3D Printing Training at Galiwin'ku
Training in 3D Printing design and production was undertaken this month at Galiwin'ku CDP. The training was delivered by MODFAB, with Ernest Gondarra from Milingimbi working as a trainer also. It is a great achievement for Ernest to share his knowledge with other Yolngu people in the local language.
Financial Literacy training at Galiwin'ku
As part of our leadership development program training ALPA store staff for moving into store management roles, ALPA staff Henry Harper and Shirley Brown undertook financial literacy training for selected staff at Galiwin'ku this month. Training was provided in the areas of interpreting quarterly store financial statements and exploring numbers found in the stores and units of measurement. Training also explored overall ALPA financials and how ALPA sources income. This training was eye-opening for the participants in understanding how the organisation sources income and works to strengthen communities.
Manapan Furniture developments
Manapan Furniture is an exciting new indigenous business that is being supported by ALPA and Ramvek of Melbourne. This Arnhem Land based business is engaging Australia's top architects and furniture designers with our mastercraftsman and indigenous workman to build unique furniture pieces of outstanding quality and beauty. Native hardwoods are harvested by Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation in Gunyangara then sent to the Crocodile Islands to our Manapan Teams.Indigenous businesses working together to create unique products for export to discerning buyers  in the southern states. Keep watch for our official launch coming soon!

Yurrwi* CDP Workers Woodworking training
The team at Yurrwi* ALPA CDP have been receiving daily woodwork training at the local Men's shed and are excited about the opportunity for work with Manapan furniture. Pictured above is Sebastian Walputjuda Baduwudu with some of his handiwork. Manapan Furniture is an opportunity for Yurrwi to be strong, provide work for community members & see Yurrwi stand out. Men & ladies at ALPA CDP are keen & excited to hear more about Manapan Furniture and want to be part of the journey.
*Note: The Mil... community has been temporarily renamed to Yurrwi due to the death of a community member with the same name.

Busting moves at Ramingining
While filming at Ramingining CDP this month, we took the opportunity to film some talented local dancers from the Ramingining ALPA CDP Media crew. Check it out!
Aaron Richo Dance Video
Arno Baker Dance Video

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