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ALPA Member Stores
Our members are the Indigenous people who live in or are culturally connected to the Arnhem land communities of Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Minjilang, Milingimbi and Ramingining. We operate company owned stores in each of these communities in addition to CDP services at Galiwin’ku, Milingimbi and Ramingining, Rulku Lodge and Manapan Furniture at Milingimbi, Dinybulu Regional Services in Ramingining and Bukmak Constructions across the top end of Australia.
Island & Cape Stores
ALPA also owns 7 stores in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait where we trade as Island and Cape. With a focus on health and nutrition, and local employment, Island & Cape are committed to the long term support and provision of quality retail services to the communities. Island & Cape operate stores at Napranum, Aurukun, Badu, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah and Horn Island.Online Shopping
ROS4U has been developed by ALPA and is currently available in ALPA stores. ROS4U is an online shopping website that has been developed to improve the shopping options for remote communities. Computer booths are set-up in stores with access to broadband internet connection. All goods ordered are delivered to the store for secure collection by the shopper. The goods are freighted with the bulk shipments that are sent to the store, and hence freight is in most cases significantly cheaper than if sent as single parcel delivery. The ROS4U website has been specially developed to integrate with the store cash registers, and hence customers are able to make payments for online purchases with cash or their basics card.Shop Online
The ALPA Board has always believed in the importance of jobs, education and training using a community development focus. Training has been a cornerstone of ALPA since the very early days, with our goal being to share the work and skills with Yolŋu staff to develop them into supervisor and management roles. ALPA is a Registered Training Organisation, endorsed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to offer nationally recognized qualifications. At present, ALPA delivers Certificate I to IV from the current Retail Services Training Package SIR07 in the NT and Queensland. In recognition of ALPA’s strong commitment to indigenous jobs and training, ALPA was awarded the Large Employer of the Year award at the NT Training Awards on 2015 and 2016, also placing in the top three finalists in both years.
ALPA operate 12 other community stores in the Northern Territory on behalf of Indigenous Corporations and Regional Councils. We also operate local clubs, mechanics and service stations on some communities. Each of these communities benefits from the strength of ALPA’s combined buying power and technical expertise, as well as staff training through ALPA’s Registered Training Organisation.
ALPA consultants are available to clients who wish to retain control and ownership of their store, whilst enjoying the economic benefits that are generated by a well-run community enterprise. Many stores have taken advantage of this service for short and medium term assistance, with some opting for longer term partnerships. Our consultants provides relief management, on-the-job training and a health and nutrition focus for community stores
Our retail technology division is one of the best in the country working with remote retailers. Some of the ways we help businesses include shop fit outs, POS (Point of Sale) system installations, back office and timesheet systems, CCTV installations, online shopping kiosks and fibre optic cable installation. We also provide Helpdesk support across our network of 25 ALPA and Island & Cape stores in the NT and Queensland. Our Helpesk also provides support for other remote retailers across the NT, SA, WA and Queensland, and 8 stores in the Mai Wiru network in the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara, and Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia.