Co-Canberra was first conceived at a "Co-operatives Networking Day" held at The Food Co-op in Canberra in 2016.
This eventually led to a call from SEE-Change Canberra to form a Co-operatives development group.
It formed at the end of 2016, and self assembled during 2017 into an informal group, meeting monthly in members houses or cafes.
Meetings are currently held on the last Monday of each Month, 7pm at The Food Co-op Shop (3 Kingsley St, Acton).
In 2018 work on the first Co-operative projects was begun.
You can find out about the Pre-Power renewable energy co-op Via the Prepower One website. This involves a unique method of pre-payment, building renewable energy systems distributed throughout the community. It will also provide an income stream to develop further Co-operative and community enterprises
Community Owned Agriculture Enterprise
The COFE group is meeting monthly to design and organise a co-op with both customer and farmer members. The co-op will revolve around an internal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme, and will use an enterprise stacking model inspired by Joel Salatin and the team at Polyface Farms on the production side.
Once the CSA requirements are met, any extra produce can be sold to other co-op enterprises, then outside the coop, with profits shared between the farmer and the coop.
Contact buildafarmcoop AT gmail.com for further info or to help out.
Worker-owned, self-directed co-ops
Co-Canberra will also be developing worker-owned cooperatives. We are starting out with a Tradies Co-op. These will be business co-ops, and will be part of the Earthworker Cooperative, a national umbrella coop for worker coops.
The design is leaning towards the Enterprise Stacking model mentioned in the Community Owned Agriculture Co-op above.
Calls are out for people who would like to earn their living through a worker owned trades co-op. We will need all sorts of tradies, office staff, and all the other folks required to run a small business.
Drop us an email at info AT canberracooperatives.com.au to help out or for more information