Welcome to Alpa
The Arnhemland Progress Aboriginal Corporation, established in 1972, is an Aboriginal-owned benevolent organisation which provides benefits to its members from the successful operation of community retail stores.
We have five member stores in Arnhemland, and manage eleven other businesses on contract across the remote Top End.
Since 1972 Yolŋu (Indigenous people from North-East Arnhemland) and Balanda (non-indigenous people) have been working together at ALPA. We are one of the largest financially independent Indigenous employers in Australia, and one of the larger retailers in the Northern Territory.
Our stores seek to offer customers a choice of quality fresh foods and an extensive range of merchandise in a modern, comfortable shopping environment. Maintaining this quality service is a costly and demanding task. It is undertaken without subsidy and with limited infrastructure in the most isolated regions of Australia.
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40 YEARS ON, OUR STORY SO FAR...
By Henry Harper