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The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, or ALPA, was established in 1972 as a co-operative of community stores in Arnhem Land. Today ALPA operates in over 25 remote locations across the NT and Queensland. With a vision of “unity through enterprise” ALPA now contributes to the development of local economies and indigenous business where they operate. Activities include: accommodation and hospitality in partnership with local families, training and employment services through the RJCP program, mechanical workshops and homelands service delivery.
ALPA’s goal is to provide quality services with a commitment to local employment and training and has approximately 750 Indigenous staff across the group. We aim to enhance social and economic development wherever we operate, while continuing to embrace our cultural heritage.
ALPA is governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors made up of representatives from its member communities, embracing the highest standards of corporate governance.The Board governs the corporations’ vision, direction, policy, goals and objectives.
ALPA is financially independent and is not reliant on external funding or subsidies. ALPA self-funds business development to increase employment and improve services to the community.
ALPA is a benevolent corporation, funds are returned to the community in accordance with ALPA’s constitution to benefit its member communities. ALPA provides a diverse range of financial assistance for health and nutrition programs, ceremonies, education, medical escorts and community events.
Tropical Cyclone Lam and Nathan severely impacted the communities of Galiwin'ku, Ramingining, Milingimbi as well as remote homelands in north-east Arnhem Land. On Galiwin'ku, up to three hundred people were without housing.
ALPA launched the "Hands Up For Arnhem Land," appeal to assist these communities to recover. We have received over $45,000 in donated goods services and money, with an additional $8000 in online donations. With this money we have sent out five shipping containers worth of bedding and household goods, with another ten containers still to be shipped. There is still a long way to go in getting these communities back to normal, and ALPA is working hard on these communities and homelands to cleanup and repair following this disaster.