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Ganyu - ALPA Newsletter Issue 1, February 2015
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Ganyu Issue 1, March 2015

Welcome to the ALPA Newsletter

Hello <<First Name>>

Ganyu is a Yolŋu word meaning Star. This newsletter will highlight some of the great work being undertaken by the stars of the ALPA network, and highlight how we offer so much more to the communities that we service than running stores. Each star in the image above represents a store we run directly or through our affiliates.
We hope you enjoy this first issue.
Hands Up!
For Arnhem Land Appeal
ALPA has launched an appeal to help the victims of Tropical Cyclone Lam on the communities of Galiwin'ku, Ramingining, Milingimbi and Gapuwiyak. On Galiwin'ku, up to three hundred people are without housing.
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ALPA is already collecting bedding donations to assist the residents of the affected communities and will distribute them to those most in need at no cost.
We are seeking donations to support identified needs in the communities in the coming weeks and months ahead.
There is still a long way to go in getting these communities back to normal, with many people in desperate need. Please help us to help Yolngu people rebuild after this disaster.
New store in Nauiyu!
A big welcome to our latest consultancy store Nauiyu, which the official management contract started on the 5th January for the Store, Workshop and Fuel.     Congratulations to Mark & Gail Peters on their appointment as the Store Managers who are settling in with the Nauiyu community very well. The Daly River is claimed to be the best Barra fishing spot in Australia which hosts 2 large fishing competitions yearly- The Barra Classic and the Barra Nationals. Mark has already progressed from a junior fisherman to a senior level claiming his first ever Barra which was approx. 76cm.
The community of Nauiyu is situated 2 hours south west of Darwin amongst the Daly River Region. The Traditional Owners (TO’s) of the area, are the Malak Malak people who live both in Nauiyu and at Woolianna downstream from the community. Many Indigenous people began living in the area when first settled by Europeans. English is the prominent language spoken by residents with Ngan’gikuruggurr being the most prominent of the 10 local languages.All of the staff are very excited with the transition and are looking forward to being involved with transforming the community store to the standards and service that ALPA provide on a daily basis.
 
New Nutritionist for Island and Cape Stores
Hi, my name is Tracey Fitzgibbon and I recently joined the ALPA team. I'm currently a Relief Manager but will be relocating to Cairns later this year to be a Nutrition and Training Co-Coordinator.  
I graduated last year with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University, Gold Coast. I loved living on the Gold Coast but now relishing the opportunity to live in some amazing communities in the Northern Territory. Thank you to everyone at ALPA for being so welcoming. I look forward to meeting the team at IAC in the next few months.
New Media Specialist for ALPA
I am excited about joining ALPA, after previously producing a number of videos for ALPA through my business EG productions. I have worked in the past for Anglicare NT and ARDS, working in and around Arnhem Land and the NT for the last ten years.  
I can speak yolngu matha and have a Masters degree in Multimedia Design and a BA in Media Studies. My spare time consists of spending time with my wife and two young children, as well as running a fencing club in Darwin, where I coach sabre fencing. I am looking forward to working with the ALPA team, enhancing communications and resource development, as well delivering training in media production.
Cyclone Lam Recovery
ALPA were on the ground on the day following the cyclone, opening all stores and helping clean up around the community. Many thanks for the tireless efforts of our staff in supporting the communities of Galiwin'ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining in their time of need.
Doors to Jobs
ALPA RJCP would like to congratulate everybody involved in
the “Doors 2 Jobs” repairs and maintenance capacity building
project delivered in partnership with Swinburne University     and the NT Department of Business in Ramingining and Milingimbi.
The program focused on giving participants work relevant skills
such as using power tools, replacing windows and doors, carpentry, plumbing as well as some tiling and painting. Of the 26 participants who commenced the program 20 completed, a strong completion rate taking into account the significant ceremonial commitments through that period of the year. All participants have now either
started part-time work or are continuing their training and picking up paid contracts through our labour hire companies, Dinybulu Regional Services (Ramingining) and Rulku Enterprises (Milingimbi).
Much credit for this must go to Clive Linley and Noel Roney, the primary trainers for the program, who delivered the content in an engaging, hands-on manner, leading to strong engagement and even stronger outcomes. The Door 2 Jobs program was recently recognised by Swinburne University, winning the 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Vocational Education. It is great to see the program being recognised, and Noel and Clive appreciated, at both ends
 
New Nutritionist for ALPA Stores
Hi everyone. I'm really happy to be on board with ALPA and look forward to meeting you all as I get around the stores and communities.  
I came to ALPA from working on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in the WA desert as a child nutritionist for NPY Women's Council. I know there are many health challenges faced by remote communities but there are also many creative ways to encourage and support healthy food and lifestyle choices. I worked with external organisations like clinics, schools and playgroups, and I'm keen to use this experience to continue spreading the strong ALPA health and nutrition message. Remember I'm always available if you have any health and nutrition questions or suggestions.
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