Currently the only Aboriginal owned fuel company in Australia, the Alice Springs Indervon franchise was purchased in 1986 by the Ngaanyatjarra Communities in order to supply fuel and petroleum products at a fair price to all Ngaanyatjarra communities. Since this time, Indervon has established itself as a reliable fuel distributor, not just in Alice Springs, but also in remote Aboriginal communities and pastoral stations located throughout the Northern Territory and remote Western Australia.
Founded with altruistic values, all of Indervon's profits are paid back to the Ngaanyatjarra Communities. The franchise has also established long-term partnerships with the greater Central Australian Community as sponsors of:
- Aileron Bush Weekend
- Harts Range Amateur Race Club
- Alice Springs Turf Club
- Centralian Beef Breeders Association
- Federal Demons Cricket Club
- Numerous Finke Desert Race competitors
- 'Cranky'- the number one drag racing car in the Northern Territory
Indervon's trustee, the Ngaanyatjarra Council, is also the umbrella organisation currently representing the interests of over 2000 Ngaanyatjarra, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara Traditional Owners across twelve communities, and the coordinator of a multitude of services and enterprises including:
- Ngaanyatjarra Health Service Ngaanyatjarra Council Representative Body
- Ngaanyatjarra Community College
- Ngaanyatjarra Land Management Unit
- Ngaanyatjarra Media
- Ngaanyatjarra Services
- Ngaanyatjarra Agency & Transport Services
- Indervon Pty Ltd
The council is also developing a Heritage Unit and a Regional Arts Development project.
Visiting the Ngaanyatjarra Communities
Uniquely isolated, the Ngaanyatjarra Communities are located 993 km from Alice Springs, 1,542 km from Perth, and can only be reached by air, or via a dirt gravel road.
Driving along the Great Central Road section of the infamous Outback Highway to reach the Communities is a breathtaking eco-tourism experience, with the course traversing the Rawlinson Ranges, Walter James Ranges and the Gill Pinnacle. Along the way there are also many other attractions to visit, including Beadell's Tree, the Giles Meteorological Station, and the renowned Tjuluru Cultural and Civic Centre. A cultural hub displaying some of the finest pieces of Aboriginal art in Australia, the Tjuluru Cultural and Civic Centre features the world's largest collection of community controlled Aboriginal art.
For permits and more detailed information about the Ngaanyatjarra lands and people, be sure to visit the Ngaanyatjarra Council's website.