Yarralin Community Store transitions to Community Management

Last year, Victoria Daly Regional Council transferred the Yarralin Community Store to Walangeri Ngumpinku Aboriginal Corporation. We engaged AIG to assist us with the day-to-day management of the store, hiring Store Managers, and dealing with suppliers.

It’s always been our dream to manage the store ourselves, within community. This is a dream that goes back twenty years, when the store was fully staffed by local Yarralin community members – including as Store Managers.

After a lot of hard work, we’re on path to return to full community management. We’re pleased to announce the establishment of Kyang-Kyang Aboriginal Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walangeri Ngumpinku. Kyang-Kyang was created so that the store can operate under its own ABN and to make things easier when it comes to the reporting requirements for the store.

Yarralin Community Store is now a registered business name of Kyang-Kyang Aboriginal Corporation.

As of 1st November 2021, Kyang-Kyang has taken over the management of the Yarralin Community Store from AIG and Walangeri Ngumpinku. We’d like to thank AIG for assisting us with this process and working with us to help achieve our dream of a fully community operated store.

Kyang-Kyang will now be responsible for hiring Store Managers, setting the pricing strategy, and dealing with suppliers. We’ve already engaged Carol & Gary Brown who are working with us as Transition Managers, while we advertise for ongoing Store Managers.

We held a BBQ for community, to announce the transition locally, as well as to thank Andrew and Wendy who worked as relief managers during the transition to Kyang-Kyang. Thanks to the local Police who also helped out with the BBQ.

After a lot of work, we’ve also been able to re-open the Take-Away, which has been closed for over 18 months. It’s great to have it open again and to see it already doing great and so well received by community. Thanks goes to Matt, our Take-Away Supervisor, who’s cooking up a storm.

It’s been an exciting journey and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.