"ALPA supports Traditional Owners on their country but it also supports people who live in Darwin, and who sadly pass away, and ALPA pays for their charter to take their body back home."

Lily Roy joined the ALPA Board as a Director and Traditional Landowner representative for Milingimbi Island or Yurrwi in 2015, after being voted in by fellow Traditional Owners.

“I am a Traditional Owner of Milingimbi. I also serve on the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA) which covers the Top End to the Kimberley, and south, to the Centre. We have an Arts Centre on Elcho Island and I’ve been on their Board for about 6-7 years,” she says.

The grandmother of twelve says, “The best thing is that ALPA has five communities stores and that they’ve been going since 1972.”

Ms Roy first met the ALPA CEO Alistair King in 1994, when he started managing the Milingimbi Store and now assists him with governance of the corporation as a Board Member.