Arirrki represents five families that make up the Lalara Clan of Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island, where they are recognised by the Anindilyakwa Land Council as being traditional owners. The Board of Directors are made up of the family elder of each of the five families, plus a community liaison officer, who is the recognised overall clan leader, currently Mr Abel Lalara. He also is one of the senior ceremony men for the Groote archipelago.
Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation is made up of four business units. Arirrki itself is the management unit. It currently employs one person as the corporation CEO to oversee the running of the three other business units, those being Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises at Adelaide river near Darwin, Groote Eylandt Car Rentals based at Alyangula, and a rental unit in Larrakeyah Darwin. The income from these three businesses pay a management fee to Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation, which in turn uses this income to provide support to the true Lalara family. Generally Arirrki is able to budget around $100,000 of community support directly back into the community out of its own profits. This is then used to support its members for travel, education expenses, medical support and general community level support.
Arirrki has begun to expand its offerings in community support recently by contracting to government departments to supply youth diversion and education programs to the Anindilyakwa people.
WORD FROM GM
Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation has come a long way, and we have a much longer way to go. Our future projects are focussed on finding employment for locals, on building businesses to support Groote Eylandt people and showcasing the Anindilyakwa people to the world.