NG Businesses

Indervon Petroleum Pty Ltd Fuel/Oil Distribution

The Ngaanyatjarra Communities purchased this Alice Springs fuel distributorship in 1986. Its objective is to supply bulk petroleum and lubrication products throughout Alice Springs and surrounding areas, from the Queensland border in the east, to Marla in the south and to Elliott in the north. Its high standard of service delivery and viability is dependent upon continuing community support and increased new customers.

Indervon Petroleum Pty Ltd is owned by Ngaanyatjarra Communities and acts as the trustee of Indervon Trust. The Alice Springs site on the North Stuart Highway is split into two divisions. The roadhouse fuel retail outlet has general roadhouse goods, accessories for customers convenience, oils etc. The Depot has bulk fuel storage facilities and operates several large road train tankers to supply bulk fuel to remote communities and pastoral stations as required.

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Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company

The Ngaanyatjarra Lands have had a long association with camels. Ever since the first non-indigenous explorers travel the land, the camel has proven its capability in the country. Local Aboriginal people travelled by camel in the 1940’s-60’s in the period between doing everything by foot and when the first motor vehicles and roads became available. The camels were released and since that time the camels have roamed free in the lands and the population has increased to approximately 300,000 in the region. Wild camels became a problem especially during droughts when they would come into communities breaking taps looking for water.

Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company LogoIn August 2012 the Board of Ngaanyatjarra Council signed a joint venture with Central Livestock Management to form a company the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company. The company’s role is to muster and sell feral camels.

Damage to infrastructure from thirsty camels is an ongoing problem in the region and mustering for sale makes sense to the people of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. The sale of the camels pays for their removal costs. The social benefits of Aboriginal People solving the camel problems were also self evident as the mustering operations are ongoing and provide regular employment. The business is a real business. It makes money from selling camels and the musterer’s wages completely come from the sale of camels. The rigour of running a real business results in a high level of commitment from the indigenous workers. Since that time the company has delivered over 13,000 feral camels to the SAMEX Peterborough abattoir where over 70 people work in the processing of the camel meat which is exported to North Africa. The supply chain includes 5 road train operators. A hook price for camels is now available from SAMEX.

So far, three mustering points have been built in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and a sustainable business is in the process of being built. The operation works with land holders in WA, NT and SA and has so far employed approximately 40 indigenous people. The Company Managing Director is Troy Coe and Ngaanyatjarra Services provides financial oversight.

The Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company has developed and export industry from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. The goal is to bring the wild camel heard in the region under control and to develop a domestic camel industry from these well adapted animals.

Ngaanyatjarra Agency & Transport Services (NATS)

Ngaanyatjarra Agency and Transport Services (NATS) was established in Perth in 1984 to handle the requirements of all Ngaanyatjarra Community stores and to provide them with a regular bulk delivery service from the NATS Perth warehouse direct to each of the community stores.

NATS is a unit trust-based enterprise, owned by all Ngaanyatjarra Communities as unit holders. NATS owns a large warehouse complex at 254 Welshpool Road, Welshpool, in Perth, Western Australia. The warehouse stocks a vast range of wholesale items. From its Perth warehouse NATS operates a regular weekly (alternate dry and freezer) bulk truck freight service transporting all kinds of goods and equipment to the Ngaanyatjarra Community Stores and Warehouses. NATS’ primary function is to provide community stores with high quality, nutritious food at reasonable prices, including fruit, vegetables, dairy products and a full range of grocery items. The supply of these commodities is a major factor in improving community health standards on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Warehouse mark-ups are around 6%, except there is no mark-up on fruit and vegetables

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