Island & Cape

With over 40 years of experience in remote retail, Island & Cape offers these communities and Islands a great range of groceries, dairy, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, general merchandise and clothing. With sophisticated systems and procedures, Island & Cape run successful remote stores with the assistance of the latest technology. Island & Cape can also offer our experience to other communities, from IT support, to management relief, operational support, mentoring, and training. Island & Cape is financially independent and is not reliant on external funding or subsidies. This allows the company to determine its own direction and development.

Work with us to create a better future in our communities

The Island and Cape Board meet quarterly to discuss all of the business's Strategic Plan and financials. Our Board is made up of experienced business Directors and those especially with a focus in Retail Operations. The Island and Cape Board also has community members and they're nominated by a unanimous board vote.

If you'd like to view the "Directors Duties and Code of Conduct" (which each of our Board Representatives agree to abide by upon their appointment to the Board) please click here.

Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra

Rev. Dr Djiniyini  Gondarra is a senior Yolŋu elder, ceremonial lawman and clan leader of the Dhurili Nation of Northeast Arnhem Land. He lives on Galiwinku, Elcho Island in East Arnhemland. For decades he has been an outspoken and influential advocate for Indigenous rights, as well as an experienced cross-cultural mediator, religious leader and business consultant. 




Alastair King

Becoming CEO of ALPA in 1999 he has been an integral part in developing ALPA as a small retail business, to today, becoming the largest Independent Aboriginal Corporation in the country. Mr King is a proven leader and is known for integrity and vision to deliver positive outcomes for Yolngu communities under the direction of our Board of Directors. 




Michael Dykes

Michael Dykes moved to Australia with his family in 2011 from the United Kingdom bringing with him 25+ years’ of Retail Industry experience. Michael has worked in several Executive roles for major companies such as Coles and Woolworths and has also owned a number of successful businesses. After working for Corporate businesses for much of his career Michael wanted to invest his time into working for a not-for-profit organization and was immediately attracted to the role of ALPA Retail General Manager. 



Mayor Kerri Tamwoy

Aurukun Shire Council Mayor, Keri Tamwoy, follows proudly in the footsteps of her late mother Alison Woolla, a dynamic reform leader and first female to serve as Mayor of Aurukun from 1983 to 1985 and 1991 to 1994.

She has joined the Island Cape Board to help assure food security for her community and also assist in maintaining employment opportunities for in Aurukun.






Jess Whyte

Island & Cape Company Secretary since 2016. 

Jess lived in Cairns, working in criminal law, from 2009 to 2016. After her experience with First Nations' Governance Structures (by virtue of her work with the Murri Court), she sought out her next career move in the indigenous space. Jess joined ALPA in August 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She moved from Cairns to Darwin and was appointed by the I&C Board as the Company Secretary in October of that year. Jess says "I have been lucky enough to have the best of both worlds though; living in Darwin whilst still maintaining my connection to Cairns by virtue of my position as Company Secretary for Island & Cape Retail Enterprises."