Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 17, August 2016
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Ganyu Issue 17, August 2016

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Huge news as ALPA was officially declared the largest Indigenous Corporation in Australia. Well done to all the ALPA staff and Board on this momentous achievement. Adding to the accolades, ALPA also won a national charity award. A very special Makarrata event took place this month at Milingimbi, attended by museums from around Australia and the world. At Galiwin'ku, our team is getting ready for more construction projects, as well as launching Galiwin'ku Made, selling local arts and crafts. Gapuwiyak had a carnival and in our Island & Cape stores, Horn Island saw large increases in Healthy Food sales thanks to the efforts of our staff. Island & Cape staff also introduced shelf labelling indicating sugar content to assist with customer awareness about healthy eating. At Ramingining, the ALPA CDP women participants have also been doing some great work with sewing and making clothing.
ALPA is the largest Indigenous Corporation in Australia
The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations Anthony Beven has just announced that ALPA has become the largest Aboriginal Corporation in Australia. ALPA Chairman Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra said ALPA’s fully Indigenous board is very proud of the milestone and that our growth contributes to improving the health, quality of life and economic development for Indigenous Australians and our more than 1,000 Indigenous staff.
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Galiwin'ku Made Launch
On 22 August 2016 the Galwin'ku CDP team launched a new retail space to showcase products made by the participants. This new initiative sees local CDP participants making affordable clothing, art, jewellery, and furniture to sell to their local community. Income from the venture is invested back into the CDP group through initiatives such as a healthy breakfast program as decided by a local Yolngu committee.
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ALPA wins National Charity Award

ALPA has been recognised as a Winner for Outstanding Achievement in The Australian Charity Awards 2016 for our work in employing Indigenous staff, creating enterprise and jobs, and our numerous benevolent programs.

Now in its fourth year, The Australian Charity Awards program recognises the dedication and achievements of non-profit organisations, charitable funds and charitable institutions. As a partner program of The Australian Business Awards, the Awards highlight organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that have significantly benefited charitable causes.

Initiatives are evaluated in accordance with the assessment framework and are scored across the key areas of Planning, Research and Development; Execution and/or Implementation; Impact and/or Outcomes and Performance Management.

In the last financial year, ALPA contributed over $16 Million to our 5 Arnhem Land member communities through direct wages, benevolent programs and capital infrastructure investments. This was up $7 Million on the previous year and represents an indication of how ALPA's economic success is supporting real social outcomes for our members. ALPA currently employs 1187 people of whom 1010 are indigenous (85%).

Gapuwiyak Carnival
Gapuwiyak community had a carnival day on the 18th August, with rides, games and food stalls. It was a great family event and helped to bring the community together.

Sugar Food labelling first for Torres Strait
Badu Island’s general store will introduce shelf labels indicating how much sugar is in food after strong community interest in the issue.
Island & Cape Retail Enterprises General Manager Operations Kim Reynolds said the Torres Strait store was taking the initiative to help their customers make healthy choices.
“We will look at partnering with the local school to give the children ownership of the project and if successful will roll out the labels in our six other stores across Cape York and the Torres Strait,” she said.
“Employee Sineva Ahmat had been educating customers about nutrition by doing demonstrations and these have drawn a crowd of interested mums and children each time.
“This started as part of Sineva’s work towards a Certificate III in Retail which she has successfully completed.

Makarrata Event at Milingimbi
From the 11-14 August, a very special event took place at the Milingimbi Community.  Representatives from museums around Australia and the World came to Milingimbi to talk about cultural repratriation of artifacts and ongoing safekeeping.

Makarrata is a word in Yolngu Matha meaning a coming together after a struggle, facing the facts of wrongs and living again in peace. Much valuable discussion took place, as well as the staging of a Makarrata ceremony and traditional bungul ceremonies. This event was years in the planning and it was great to see it come to fruition, organised by Louise Hanby from ANU and Lindy Allen from Museum Victoria. ALPA was one of the main sponsors of the event and it was filmed by local media trainees supervised by Greg Stehle. A video of the event will be available in the coming months.

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Gearing up at Galiwin'ku
Our Galiwin'ku teams are gearing up in preparation for the next phase of housing construction projects that are rolling out across the community. ALPA CEO Alastair King visited Elcho to see first hand the great results our teams are delivering. Alastair also inspected our new loader and other new equipment which will enable ALPA to play a central role in delivering project outcomes and maintaining high rates of local employment for Yolngu.
Healthy food sales jump on Horn Island
Mouth-watering chicken and vegetable kebabs have been helping turn around food sales at the Island & Cape retail store on Horn Island where healthy options now dominate the menu.
Retail Enterprises General Manager Operations Kim Reynolds said the Torres Strait store’s management team and staff had been working hard to promote healthier choices to encourage healthy eating habits of their customers.
“The sales of healthy foods jumped from 38 per cent in January to 50 per cent in March after the introduction of the healthy kebabs which is an incredible outcome,” she said.
“Horn Island now has the highest fruit and vegetable sales and the highest percentage of water sales across all our stores with water accounting for 37 per cent of drink sales and fresh fruit and vegetables accounting for 10 per cent of all food sales.
“Island & Cape is committed to increasing the nutrition levels of the communities where we trade and we are delighted to see this philosophy being enthusiastically embraced by the Horn Island team.

Ramingining CDP Sewing
ALPA Ramingining CDP has had an amazing volunteer named Bernadette Woodward  helping to increase lady participants sewing skills. The ladies have progressed so far that they are now making amazing clothing for adults and children. They have also learnt to tie dye. This has been an amazing success and the ladies have gained skills and confidence in sewing.
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