A warehouse at Pole 13 is helping to keep more money on Groote Eylandt.
The island’s economy is worth $6 million a year but the money has rarely benefited traditional owners. Instead it went to paying inflated prices to businesses owned by non-Anindilyakwa people.
The opening of the Royalty Shoppa warehouse has seen all that begin to change.
Traditional owners can get an advance on their royalty payments to buy items imported in bulk at factory prices and sold at cost from the warehouse.
An electronic point-of-sale (POS) system means goods could be ordered by phone or ID card and delivered to homes.
Royalty Shopper is run by ARAC and managed by Amingarra, both local Aboriginal-owned businesses. A full-time warehouse manager and local staff are employed.
A part of the warehouse will be used as a car service centre for community vehicles, employing local apprenticeships.