Controlling our destiny
Our Yolngu business concepts
Our business blends traditional Yolngu culture and metaphors with western business concepts. We have developed a bi-cultural and bi-lingual shareholder agreement that sets out our approach in detail.
The metaphor we use for our business is the lipalipa (canoe). Each person in the lipalipa has a different role, but we all paddle in unison towards a common goal.
Another important concept for our business is dhapirrk (balance). Without being dhapirrk, our lipalipa is unstable and we lose focus.
Our profits will also be distributed according to our Yolgnu culture so that everyone who contributes and supports us is rewarded fairly.
Arnhem Beverage Company
Ownership – majority Indigenous. 57% RBP (100% Indigenous-owned). 43% Cultivate NT (non-Indigenous).
Knowledge Water Strategic Advisory Group
Pro Bono Advisors - Cultural and Industry Experts
The Knowledge Water Trade and Production Hub
Knowledge Water is just the beginning of a long journey towards Yolngu independence. We have big dreams and big plans to realise them. Our business will continue to grow and create new employment opportunities across a range of activities.
The Knowledge Water Trade and Production Hub will be the home of this activity. The hub has already been constructed in Darwin and is due to be installed on site at Mandjawuy in mid-2023. This facility includes a tanker filling station, an internet-connect office, and a workshop space. The hub will allow greater Yolngu involvement in sales and management of the Knowledge Water business, as well as workshop space to develop new branches of the business, like bush produce, carbon farming and traditional art. This facility will also be used to conduct training and workshops associated with our Munyuku Trust.