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.
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 Pingala Co-op website. This involves a unique method of pre-payment, building renewable energy systems distributed throughout the community.
Work has recently begun on another co-op with the working title of the "Household and Community Sustainability Co-op", with a grant application for development of the concept being completed in June. This concept pools the contributions of members who want to help build the best community we can have, beginning at home.
Worker-owned self directed co-ops
Co-Canberra will also be developing worker-owned cooperatives, on a sector by sector basis. These will be stand-alone business co-ops, and will work in tandem with the HCSCs once they are up and running.
Calls are out for people who would like to earn their living through an electrical co-op. We will need electricians, office staff, and lots of other folks.
We are taking expressions of interest from people in other sectors.
Drop us an email at info AT canberracooperatives.com.au to help out or for more information