Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 1, February 2015
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Ganyu Issue 4, June 2015

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In breaking news, ALPA will commence operating the Remote Jobs and Community Program at Galiwin'ku in early July. See article below. This issue also looks at some of the great community involvement activities from our Island and Cape stores,  achievements and activities we have been doing in the trades training area, as well as an update on Cyclone Lam and Nathan recovery. We also profile two of our Galiwin'ku workers involved in implementing our Health and Nutrition strategy.
ALPA RJCP working at Galiwin'ku
From the 1st of July 2015, ALPA will operate the RJCP program at the Galiwin’ku community and surrounding homelands working with Marthakal. We are excited about this new direction and will be working towards developing trades training in carpentry, textiles and other trades, and establishing a labour hire model that will result in more real jobs for Yolngu people. We spoke to some current workers about their work and thoughts on the change
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Boat Building at Ramingining
Our Ramingining RJCP boat building team have just finished their first boat building project! What a great project and perhaps here is the birth of our Arnhem Land boat building industry once again! They also built a couple of aluminium Croc Traps and built a trailer as well. Congratulations team Rammo!
Cyclone Fundraising update
A fundraising concert was recently held at Happy Yess in Darwin, with local Darwin bands Dave Spry, Jigsaw Collective and Blowback teaming up with Yilila band from Numbulwar. It was a great night with $500 raised to donate to the appeal for victims of Cyclone Lam and Nathan. ALPA is continuing it's distribution of bedding and other household goods to communities and is consulting on how to further aid in the recovery of the communities of Galiwin'ku, Ramingining, Milingimbi and surrounding homelands.
Saving Carbon with UV Lights
ALPA has recently installed UV lighting in our Darwin office, as well as our Gapuwiyak, Galiwin'ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining stores. The benefits of this are many including approximately 100 tonne of carbon dioxide being prevented from going into the atmosphere every year. This is the same as planting 2564 trees or removing 21 cars from the road for a year.
  The other benefits of LED are a massive reduction in waste, with the lights lasting 10 years compared to 2 for a standard fluoro tube, and greatly reduced toxic substances being put into the environment when they’re disposed of. Just one fluoro tube has enough mercury in it to make 22,000 litres of groundwater unsafe for drinking (and very few people recycle them properly). The lights produce no UV radiation, and generate almost no heat (80% of power used to light up a fluoro gets turned into heat) so our air conditioners won’t have to run as hard, and the light is easier to work in.
Madelaine Griffith
Staff Profile
Madelaine has only been with ALPA since the start of the year, but is making a great contribution as ALPA's nutritionist to further the Health and Nutrition strategy that is a central to our business ethos. View Video Here
Aurukun Wik Rock Festival
At the recent Wik Rock festival in Aurukun held recently a great time was had by all. Island and Cape stores ran a stall there giving out free fruit donated by Total Food Network and water donated by Interstate And Country Wholesalers.
Island & Cape basketball team
Island & Cape Retail Enterprises Sweet Potatoes basketball team on Badu Island narrowly missed winning the Grand Final of the Badu Island Basketball comp on 19th June, losing by three points. A great effort as competition was fierce according to our CEO Alastair King, who was in Badu last month and watched a game. Well done and better luck next year ladies!
Throughout the season, Island & Cape donated water and ice for the games. A big thank you is also extended to the local arts centre, who  printed an Island and Cape Sweet Potatoes banner and T-shirts for supporters. The team had lots of laughs and fun and showed strong determination to only loose 2 games in the entire competition.
Trades past to present
A short video has been produced showing the trades work being undertaken at Milingimbi and Ramingining RJCP in partnership with Swinburne Tafe delivering trades training. We spoke to some of the current workers, teacher John Wallace, as well as Peter Gambang for a historical perspective on the history of trades on communities. View Video Here
Rulku Lodge worker Wendy becomes Australian Citizen
On the 24th of June in a ceremony at Milingimbi, Wendy Brooks (pictured above with yolngu co-workers) became an Australian citizen in a special ceremony conducted by Banambi Wunungmurra, Mayor of East Arnhem Regional Council and a Yolngu Mala Leader. Wendy has done a fantastic job for ALPA, firstly in the Darwin office and then setting up and mentoring our staff at the Rulku Lodge Milingimbi. We welcome her to our Australian community and wish her congratulations on becoming an Australian citizen.

Sonya Bidingal
Staff Profile

Sonya is a good food worker at ALPA Galiwin'ku store and has worked with ALPA for over 8 years. She is an enthusiastic worker and makes a great contribution to improving nutrition for people on Galiwin'ku community and the other communities she travels to in the ALPA group.
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