A warehouse at Pole 12 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 of their royalty payment to their ‘Anindilyakwa Royalty Shoppa’ card that they are able to use 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 can be ordered at the Community Support Program offices at Angurugu or Umbakumba using the ‘Royalty Shoppa Card’ or ‘BasicsCard’ and then delivered to homes.
Royalty Shoppa is run and managed by ARAC. A full-time warehouse supervisor manages a team of local Traditional Owner staff enabling them to learn the skills involved in the day to day functioning of a warehouse operation.
The Royalty Shoppa warehouse has also been involved in delivering goods from the Community Goods Distribution to each house – allowing Traditional Owners within the communities to have access to essential household items.
For a full listing of current items available from the warehouse go to http://store.alcnt.com.au:8000/webapps/store