Sea Swift is pleased to announce it has secured a five-year contract with Northern Territory Aboriginal Corporation ALPA, ensuring confidence of supply for stores in remote communities across Northern Australia.
ALPA (Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation) is a co-operative of community stores based in Arnhem Land, and is the largest Aboriginal Corporation in Australia.
The corporation manages a total of 26 community stores across the Top End, Torres Strait and Cape York, and is a major contributor to employment and economic development in remote communities via its operations in Retail, CDP, Accommodation, Mechanical Repairs and Construction.
The five-year contract signed between ALPA and Sea Swift covers all aspects of ALPA’s operations.
Sea Swift's Chief Operating Officer Lino Bruno said the new long-term agreement was a huge vote of confidence in Sea Swift.
“We are proud of our work in supporting communities to develop sustainable economies and create jobs, and this five-year agreement is the latest example of the partnerships we have developed across Northern Australia,” Mr Bruno said.
“We’re working together to deliver outcomes for communities and are looking to enhance our community partnerships to deliver health, social and economic opportunities moving forward.”
Alistair King, CEO of ALPA said the organisation services over 18,000 Indigenous people across 23 sites and 1.3 million km².
"Due to our large service footprint, ALPA requires certainty that the goods required for Food Security through the stores and the materials to continue economic development are available consistently and reliably into community," he said.
"Our agreement with Sea Swift provides this certainty, and the support that we have received from them to continually improve services to our communities and work on ways to overcome some of the barriers inherent in remote operations are an investment into future growth and opportunity for the businesses and people living there."