Welcome to Co-ops, commons & Communities Canberra (CoCanberra)

CoCanberra is here to provide ongoing support and resources for new and existing organisations who align with our mission and vision in Canberra and its surrounds.

Our aims are:

  • To invent, facilitate, implement and support resilient ways of providing for our needs, while recognising the natural limits inherent to the places we live, and designing our new systems within those limits.
  • To invent, facilitate, implement and support ways of providing equality amongst all humans, and a fair and decent life for all.
  • To begin this change at the local level, scaling up to broader community horizons as local needs are progressively met, providing that the skills and resources to do so are available.
  • To make the designs, results and methods we work on as easy as possible to share with and distribute to others who share the same goals, to help them set up their own similar groups.
  • To communicate clearly and accessibly with the general public about why these changes (see 1 and 2) are a good thing, and why they are necessary.
  • To work alongside other groups who can help us further our goals.
  • To use the patterns of the Natural World as a guide in our design work - “What would Nature do?”


We meet monthly, at 7pm on the last Monday of the month, in normal times at the Food Co-shop in Canberra city. The Co-op is still operational, with a pick-up service and deliveries available. The Cafe and shop floor are closed

So, during these times of plague, CoCanberra and NENA will continue our meetups, using Zoom video conferencing.

The meetups are a collaboration between ourselves and the The New Economy Network of Australia (NENA) Canberra Region Hub.

We usually have a talk at 7pm followed by QnA with the guest speakers, then a discussion on a related topic.

A very brief update of Co-Canberra projects with QnA will round off the night.

This Month:

Going Local - the benefits, challenges and strategies.

Our speakers include:


  • Ben Murphy, who runs an electrical apprentice training outfit in Mitchell. A former Greens candidate, Ben has plans for a tradie owned solar farm developer. Ben will talk on the value of supporting local business, and may cover the worker owned solar developer idea.
  • Ruth Gaha-Morris, very active within Southern Harvest, and active in the national food sovereignty movement. Ruth will talk on local food systems.
  • Geoff Davies, geophysicist and author on complex systems and economics. Geoff will talk on local currencies.

Speakers will give short talks beginning at 7pm followed by QnA with the speakers and an open discussion of the topic.

Meetups formally finish by 9pm.

WhenMon 2020-04-06 7pm – 9pm (AEST)

Click this link just before 7 on Monday to join in:




NENA's Civil Society Strategy for a New Economy - developing input from the Canberra Regional Hub.

NENA 's Strategy Development Group is seeking input from all hubs on the creation of a Civil Society Strategy for a New Economy.
The next NENA meeting for anyone interested in discussing the National Civil Society Strategy is on the evening of Tues 7th April, 6pm, also via Zoom.

Our Canberra regional group has been working very much towards a civil society model through CoCanberra's Vision and Mission, and the "Climate Co-operatives" model we are building through Pre Power renewable enrgy co-op, and the Community Owned Farming Enterprise Co-op.

At our next meetup on Monday 27th April, at 7pm via zoom,we will gather ideas and begin filling out the strategic contribution templates provided by NENA for the purpose.


Past meetups:

Jan 28th 2019: Case study - Cote Jardins - community supported agriculture in France

Feb 25th 2019: Web linkup - Meet the current CoCanberra Partners - ORICoop, Earthworker, SEE-Change, Pingala Co-op, The New Economy Network of Australia

Mar 25th 2019: Web linkup - Intro to East Gippsland - before the NENA East Gippsland symposium

Apr 29th 2019: Case study - The Food Co-op Shop

May 27th 2019: Case study - Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy

Jun 23rd 2019: New Economy Network of Australia event: What should our economy look like in 2030?

Jun 24th 2019 : Case study - Trove Co-op - Artist owned shopfront

Jul 29th 2019: Case study - Harmony cleaning co-op - worker owned - union co-op - refugee enterprise

Aug 26th 2019: Case study - Co-operative health care - The National Health Co-op and The Co-operative Life

Sep 30th 2019: Community Development - Regenerative food systems in the Canberra region - part 1 

Oct 28th 2019: Reframing CoCanberra - the new CoCanberra mission and vision

Dec 2019: CoCanberra Party - rather small due to heavy smoke

Jan 2020: Community Development - Workshop on two Comunity Development tools, Community Asset Mapping and Puzzle Problem Speed Dating.

Feb 2020: Presentation of the intentions and main components of a proposed Community Owned Farming Enterprise Co-op


Future meetups:

April 6th 2020: Going Local 


Current projects include:


The Prepower Renewable Energy Cooperatives:

PrePower is pioneering a new form of self-funding cooperative. The Prepower Co-op has been formed, and is in the process of being built into the first of many renewable enrgy cooperatives.

The unique self-funding model is transferrable to other sectors, which will be developed in the future.

See the websites for further information:

Prepower One


Farmart - Community Owned Farming Enterprise Cooperatives:

Inspired by the sale of some local organic farms, Co-Canberra is developing models for ensuring the succession of organic farms can run smoothly, transferring the ownership from the existing farmer to a farming Co-operative which is owned and controlled in common by the farmers and the customers. Providing a secure place for farmers to collaborate, bringing in young farmers and developing the art of farming to fully utilise our ecological inheritance in a productive, multi enterprise whole farm system. This Project is collaborating with the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORIcoop).



Becoming the Media:

The mainstream media is not showcasing the best of humanity.

In order for

  • good news about well designed projects and enterprises,
  • related thoughts, ideas and philosophies,
  • thorough analysis of the causes of our problems

to be brought out of the shadows, we will just have to get on and do it ourselves.

Talks at the CoCanberra meetups are recorded, and are posted on the soundcloud site of local Community Radio 2XX 98.3FM's show Behind the Lines.

Behind the lines works alongside CoCanberra to produce the weekly show, and has recorded 3 national conferences for the New Economy Network of Australia (NENA), and one Australasian Permaculture Convergence. They are working closely with NENA to start up NENAs Podcast, Align in the Sound.


The New Economy Network of Australia (NENA) Canberra Region Hub:

Is now active, working closely with CoCanberra.




Please email us at scotty at canberracooperatives.com.au to volunteer for any of these projects, or to help out with convening CoCanberra itself.



Contributors to this page: admin , Rob Mitchell , scotty f and mark .
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