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 of creating Climate Co-ops (to address the immediate climate crisis, and its cultural causes) and through them our vision of a Co-operative Commonwealth, beginning here at home 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.

A very brief update of Co-Canberra projects with QnA will round off the night, if tme allows. We will stick around afterwards if anyone wants to ask questions, or just have a yarn whle we pack up.

This Month: Mutual credit systems: Time banks, LETS, and commercial barter systems.

Diversity builds resilience.
Our money systems have been completely monopolised under a system that extracts wealth from both people and planet. also fails, by its own standards, on a regular basis.

The exponential effects of this monopoly are a primary cause of the multiple crises we now face.

So how can we introduce diversity into our currency?

What are some of the well proven ways that we can use other currency systems to provide the services that money provides for us, but without the built-in destruction?

Can other currencies be tailored to build community, to build local wealth and connection, and promote other community values?

Yes, they can!

We will be joined by Matthew Slater, co-founder of a long list of Mutual Credit organisations, who has been up to his ears in this sector for well over a decade. Matthew is a great speaker with a depth of knowledge in many sectors.

We hope to confirm speakers from Community Exchange System Australia and the NSW time banking network

We will have a conversation at 7pm followed by QnA with the guest speakers and an open discussion of the topic.

Join the Zoom Meeting at 7pm:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81304966495 Meeting ID: 813 0496 6495
If your internet connection is poor, you can call your local number to connect via the telephone.

08 7150 1149
02 8015 6011
03 7018 2005
07 3185 3730
08 6119 3900



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 27th 2020: Community Development - Workshop on two Comunity Development tools, Community Asset Mapping and Puzzle Problem Speed Dating.

Feb 24th 2020: Presentation of the intentions and main components of a proposed Community Owned Farming Enterprise Co-op

March 2020: Going Local - the benefits, challenges and strategies - Panel and Q and A

April 2020: NENA's Civil Society Strategy for a New Economy – Brainstorm - gathering input from the Canberra Regional Hub

May 2020: NENA's Civil Society Strategy for a New Economy – Strategy development - Mental health: creating a wholistic view

Current projects include:


The Prepower Renewable Energy Cooperatives:

Pre Power is pioneering a new form of self-funding, Earth and people healing cooperative, the "Climate Co-op".

Pre Power will allow members to do two things:

1 - members have the right to ask Pre Power to install Coned and maintained renewable energy equipment onto their premises

2 - members have the right to contribute to the co-op ough paying up-front (pre paying) for their electricity. These up-front pre payments fund the purchase of and installation of equipment on members premises.

The Pre Power Co-op has been formed, and is in the process of being built into the first of many renewable enrgy cooperatives.

We have won a $25,000 Community Zero Emissions grant from the ACT Government, which we are using to bring the co-op into the operational stage.

The unique self-funding model is transferrable to other sectors, which will be developed once the model is proven through Pre Power.

See the website for further information:

Prepower One


COFE Co-op - 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.

FarMArt will provide 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 ongoing, and really requires one or more dedicated people to get it off the ground.


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 info 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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