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.

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Written by Charmaine Ingram

Mayor Jason Woibo has been leading the Hope Vale Shire Council for two years and says holding the position is a privilege. Speaking fondly about his hometown, Jason says there are 13 clan groups that form the Guugu Yimithirr nation and account for around 1000 people. Hope Vale covers 110 thousand square kilometres of land and is a beautiful community where 'the rainforest meets the sea'. It's approximately a four-hour drive to Cairns or you can drive to nearby Cooktown and catch a 45-minute plane ride to Cairns.

Jason is proud of his community and welcomes visitors to participate in local clan group guided tours or to visit the famous Rainbow beach famous for its coloured sands.

Historically the people of Hope Vale were forcibly sent to Woorabinda Aboriginal Reserve in 1942, as many Aboriginal people nearby were also sent but the Guugu Yimithirr people returned in 1949 and started to clear the land and create Hope Vale as what you see it as today.

Jason says Hope Vale is a progressive community where the council is always looking to partner with other Aboriginal organisations where employment opportunities can be achieved for his people, hence why we caught up with him to hear about his thoughts about Island & Cape running the communities local store.

Meeting at the Hope Vale Council's Board room, Jason says the relationship between the Hopevale Shire Council's store being managed by Island & Cape has been successful.

" The reason we signed with Island & Cape is that they're an Indigenous organisation and they provide training with our staff in Retail certificates."

"They also bring in Nutritionists to make sure the food that they're selling in the takeaway is healthy and help us set up the store so that the healthy food is in the front and the not-so-healthy food is in the front."

"I'd like to thank Island & Cape for their services and management to help get the store to where it is today.

The Hopvale store currently accounts for 80 per cent of local Aboriginal staff.

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