http://www.australia2012.coop/rss en Chinese-Australian co-operative links forged in ag-sector http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/2013-news/chinese-australian-co-operative-links-forged-ag-sector <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 August 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Australian agricultural co-operatives recently hosted a Chinese trade and research delegation under the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) aimed at strengthening bilateral co-operation and opening up trade and research links between the two countries. </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Mr Ruiki Guan, Counsel and Researcher of the General Station on Rural Cooperative Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Peoples Republic of China and Mr Rod Stowe, NSW Fair Trading Commissioner" src="/sites/default/files/9413889658_70858ee8ffv2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Mr Ruiki Guan, Counsel and Researcher of the General Station on Rural Cooperative Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Peoples Republic of China and Mr Rod Stowe, NSW Fair Trading Commissioner</em></p> <p>Australia agricultural co-operatives recently hosted a Chinese trade and research delegation under the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA). Signed in 1984, the ACACA agreement facilitates exchange visits between Australia and China agricultural co-operatives with the aim of strengthening the economic and trade co-operation between the two countries.</p> <p>The visit was a fruitful two-way exchange to promote ongoing bilateral co-operation, with opportunities for the Chinese to better understand Australian co-operative business models and methodologies, and for the Australians to learn about the challenges and initiatives for agricultural co-operative development in China.</p> <p>The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals assisted the <a href="http://www.daff.gov.au/" target="_blank">Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry</a> with the tour itinerary and facilitated many of the meetings.</p> <p>The delegation, led by Mr Ruiki Guan, Counsel and Researcher of the General Station on Rural Cooperative Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Peoples Republic of China, flew to Australia on 9 July for an 11-day study-tour.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cbh.com.au/" target="_blank">CBH Group</a> hosted the Chinese delegation in Perth with site visits to the grain handler&rsquo;s Metro Grain Centre and Terminal. The visitors met with representatives of the <a href="http://www.cooperativeswa.org.au/" target="_blank">Co-operative Federation of WA</a> and the WA Department of Commerce.</p> <p>In Melbourne, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries briefed the Chinese visitors on the <a href="http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/food-and-fibre-industries/food-and-fibre-marketing-cooperatives-grants" target="_blank">Food and Fibre Marketing Co-operatives Grants</a>. The delegation visited the head offices of dairy co-op giant, <a href="http://www.mgc.com.au/" target="_blank">Murray Goulburn</a> and also visited grower-owned ag co-op <a href="http://www.sqpcoop.com.au/" target="_blank">Southern Quality Produce</a> based in rural Victoria for a series of site visits with the co-op.</p> <p>In Canberra, the delegation was briefed by representatives of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Also there, prominent co-operative historian Dr Gary Lewis, presented an overview of the history of Australian agricultural co-operatives.</p> <p>Enroute to Sydney, the delegation visited the <a href="http://bermaguifishermenswharf.com.au/bermagui-fishermens-co-op/">Bermagui Fishermen&rsquo;s Co-operative</a> where the delegation toured the co-op&rsquo;s famous <a href="http://bermaguifishermenswharf.com.au/fishermens-wharf/" target="_blank">Fisherman&rsquo;s Wharf</a>&nbsp;facilities. A second fishing co-operative site visit was hosted by the Ulladulla Fishermens Co-op Society.</p> <p>The BCCM and <a href="http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/default.html" target="_blank">NSW Fair Trading</a> hosted the delegation on their final stop in Sydney on 18 July, where they learned about the recent formation of the national business council for co-operatives and gained insight into the development and application of the new <a href="http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Cooperatives_and_associations/About_cooperatives/Cooperatives_national_law.page" target="_blank">Co-operatives National Law</a> set to roll out in 2013/14. Co-operative law specialist Robyn Donnelly, provided the visitors with a comparative analysis of Chinese and Australian legal and regulatory frameworks for co-operatives.</p> <p><a href="http://enews.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/subscribe.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe</a> to receive updates on the new co-operatives national law.</p> April 2013 Latest News Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:50:25 +0000 masteradmin 796 at http://www.australia2012.coop Public services research: The roles for co-operatives and mutuals in delivering 21st century public services http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/2013-news/public-services-research-roles-co-operatives-and-mutuals-deliv <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 August 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What can co-ops and mutuals bring to the table to help society to solve its “wicked problems”*? Research by the Tomorrow’s Agenda Research Institute commissioned by The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in association with bankmecu will investigate the added value these models bring in terms of end-user accountability, stakeholder engagement that delivers real choice and control, proven commercial success in a democratic framework, and open and transparent governance structures. </div> </div> </div> <p>Society&rsquo;s &ldquo;wicked problems&#39;* including an aging population and the rising costs of healthcare and education together with the challenges of reforms like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are opportunities to consider whether co-operative and mutual solutions can be applied to help design solutions that best serve the needs of end-users.</p> <p>In the area of disability services in particular, the growing demand for end-user accountability is creating the need for a consumer market through the transfer of purchasing and decision-making power from the provider to the end-user.</p> <p>The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.netbalance.com/services/research" target="_blank">Tomorrow&rsquo;s Agenda Research Institute</a> and <a href="http://www.bankmecu.com.au" target="_blank">bankmecu</a> has commissioned research into the roles for co-operatives and mutuals in delivering 21st century public services.</p> <p>The focus for the research is on the comparative advantage (or added value) of the co-operative and mutual model in delivering services in areas including disability care, affordable housing and education.</p> <p>The objective of the research is to provide an evidence base to inform<br /> public policy and practice. Through case studies, the research investigates the comparative advantage of co-ops and mutuals in terms of:</p> <ul> <li> Incentive optimisation (the different relationship between producers and consumers (intermediaries) for co-ops and mutuals);</li> <li> Information asymmetry (where traditional service delivery methods fail consumers);</li> <li> Governance (including multi-stakeholder governance and community ownership and democracy);</li> <li> Capital raising and resourcing (from members and communities); and</li> <li> Co-operatively designed service delivery systems.</li> </ul> <p>The research is slated for completion after the 2013 Federal election and will include a green paper with a view to establishing a public sector &lsquo;mutuals&rsquo; taskforce.</p> <p>*What is a &ldquo;wicked problem&rdquo;? The term &lsquo;wicked&rsquo; in this context is used, not in the sense of evil, but rather to denote an issue that is complex and highly resistant to resolution.</p> <p><a href="http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2013/07/tackling-wicked-problems-–-public-policy-perspective" target="_blank">Read more opinion on the role of the private sector in solving &ldquo;wicked problems&rdquo; in this op-ed in <em>Pro Bono News</em></a></p> April 2013 Latest News Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:36:29 +0000 masteradmin 795 at http://www.australia2012.coop New voice for co-operatives and mutuals http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/2013-news/new-voice-co-operatives-and-mutuals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12 August 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After nearly three years of industry consultation, the major legacy goal of the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, is a reality with the official launch of the new body at the RACV Club in Melbourne on 29 July. The Council brings together the entire, diverse range of member and customer owned businesses to champion a campaign and policy agenda to raise awareness of the significance of co-operative and mutual businesses in the national economy. </div> </div> </div> <p><img alt=" Tony Stuart, Group CEO NRMA, Greg Wall, Group CEO Capricorn, Damien Walsh, CEO bankmecu, John McInerney, MD Common Equity Housing Ltd, Andrew Crane, CEO CBH Group, Peter Knock, CEO The Co-op, Melina Morrison, CEO BCCM" src="/sites/default/files/_CI23553%20copy.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Directors of the new council (L-R) : Tony Stuart, Group CEO NRMA, Greg Wall, Group CEO Capricorn, Damien Walsh, CEO bankmecu, John McInerney, MD Common Equity Housing Ltd, Andrew Crane, CEO CBH Group, Peter Knock, CEO The Co-op, Melina Morrison, CEO BCCM</em></p> <p>After nearly three years of industry consultation, the major legacy goal of the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, is a reality with the official launch of the new body at the RACV Club in Melbourne on 29 July. The Council brings together the entire, diverse range of member and customer owned businesses to champion a campaign and policy agenda to raise awareness of the significance of co-operative and mutual businesses in the national economy.</p> <p>The Council&rsquo;s inaugural Chairman, Dr Andrew Crane, said the formation of the Council represents an important milestone in the national economic conversation in this country: &ldquo;Our businesses have shown remarkable resilience in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and we&rsquo;ve been able to sustain strong outcomes for our members and the local economies in which we operate &ndash; together through this Council we have an enormous contribution to make to national conversations about a sustainable economy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The GFC has shown that where there is greater corporate diversity, economies are more stable,&rdquo; said Dr Crane. &ldquo;We know that the health and stability of the economy into the future will be strengthened through&nbsp; corporate diversity with a thriving co-operative and mutual sector.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speaking at last week&rsquo;s launch, Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Bruce Billson described co-operatives as modern, dynamic businesses: &ldquo;It is a very contemporary response, an idea, of which the legacy dates back a century and beyond, that is so right and responsive for today&#39;s marketplace&quot;. In her address, Labor Senator Ursula Stephens picked up on the role of co-operatives as important forms of social enterprise saying co-operatives and mutuals were &ldquo;committed to a shared economic and social return on investment and the model whilst one of the most enduring and successful corporate forms continues to serve us so well in many areas of social service delivery like healthcare&rdquo;.</p> <p>The BCCM has written to Australian co-operative and mutual businesses with an invitation to join the council. Co-operatives and mutuals are invited to contact the Council to find out more about how they can join with other businesses to spearhead a new era in industry recognition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://bccm.coop/downloads/BCCM_Brochure_full%20view.pdf" target="_blank">Download the BCCM brochure</a></li> <li> <a href="http://bccm.coop/downloads/SPEECH_NOTES_CEO_BCCM_Launch.pdf" target="_blank">Read the Chairman&rsquo;s launch address</a></li> <li> <a href="http://bccm.coop/downloads/BCCMpressreleasefinal_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">Read the press release</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99664815@N03/" target="_blank">Visit the Flickr stream</a></li> </ul> April 2013 Latest News Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:22:51 +0000 masteradmin 794 at http://www.australia2012.coop Global image for co-operative movement set to take shape http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/april-2013/global-image-co-operative-movement-set-take-shape <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A co-operative design practice is set to build on the momentum of the International Year of Co-operatives by creating a global visual identity for the co-operative brand. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://ica.coop/en/media/news/global-image-co-operative-movement-set-take-shape" target="_blank"><em>Source: ICA</em></a></p> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p><span>A co-operative design practice is set&nbsp;to build on the momentum of the International Year of Co-operatives by creating a global visual identity for the co-operative brand.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Driven by the International Co-operative Alliance, the new brand will include a logo to be known as the &ldquo;co-operative marque&rdquo;, a strapline and imagery. The identity will be something that all co-operatives can align with and which will differentiate them from other forms of business. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The ICA Board has already agreed to continue to use the UN&rsquo;s IYC tagline &ldquo;Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World&rdquo; as the strapline for the new global co-operative brand. Co-operatives will be encouraged to adopt the new brand and some may consider becoming fully-fledged sub-brands of the new identity.</p> <p dir="ltr">At its meeting in Moscow on 26 March, the ICA&rsquo;s Board gave approval for the ICA and its regional offices and sectoral organisations to become sub-brands of the new visual identity, which will be created by British co-operative design agency Calverts.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.calverts.coop/">Calverts</a>, based in east London and founded as a worker co-operative in 1977, will be leading on the project. The design practice has delivered identities or brand communications, as the first or second line agency, for organisations as diverse as UNICEF, Landmine Action, Soci&eacute;t&eacute; G&eacute;n&eacute;rale and Muji.</p> <p dir="ltr">Further research and support will be provided by the Barcelona- and Buenos Aires-based <a href="http://www.guerriniisland.com/">Guerrini Island Design</a>, which has 20 years of experience in international image research.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sion Whellens, project director of Calverts, said: &ldquo;For Calverts, this is a great honour, great challenge and great opportunity. The brief places the development of a new global identity marque and key message &mdash; &lsquo;Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World&rsquo; &mdash; at the top of the brand message tree. &nbsp;And a new identity for the ICA and its subsidiary brands will flow from&nbsp;it and will also allow other co-operatives to use the brand. This presents special challenges, but we believe this is the appropriate architecture for a diverse social and business movement and its international apex body.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">The aim is for the image to become the new co-operative visual identity, which will be an open and transparent process to allow all co-operatives to take part. It is anticipated that the final visual identity will be approved by the ICA Board at its June meeting. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">To achieve this, the ICA will work in an open way, developing online channels and using the opportunity of existing meetings, to engage members across different geographic and cultural settings. The ICA will also work with a number of partners in testing the brand, with a formal launch at the ICA Global Conference and General Assembly in Cape Town in November.</p> <p dir="ltr">Charles Gould, Director-General of the ICA, said: &ldquo;The emblem will be used to provide a &lsquo;unity of purpose&rsquo; for the global co-operative movement and will be capable of almost unlimited application &ndash; contemporary and business-like and fit for cross-border use. &nbsp;Widespread alignment of the visual identity by the global co-operative community would be actively encouraged in the same way as the IYC logo and tagline were promoted and subsequently adopted. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Very soon co-operatives will be receiving a personal invitation to be part of the research which will underpin the development of the new brand. The ICA and Calverts looks forward to working with the global co-operative movement on this exciting project.&rdquo;</p> <p>&bull; Those co-operatives who are either members of the ICA or the eDigest mailing list will receive an invitation to take part in the research in early April. A toolkit is being developed to allow other co-operatives to encourage their members to take part in the process. For more information, visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://ica.coop/en/blueprint-themes/identity">ica.coop/en/blueprint-themes/identity</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> April 2013 Latest News Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:50:02 +0000 masteradmin 775 at http://www.australia2012.coop Global Co-operative Brand Survey http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/april-2013/global-co-operative-brand-survey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 April 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ICA would like your help in realising the ICA&#039;s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade by participating in a short survey on key messages and a visual identity for the global co-operative movement. The ICA Board has decided that there was such strong acceptance of the logo for the International Year of Co-operatives that we should develop a subsequent image for co-operatives around the world to use at least through the Co-operative Decade. </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear Co-operator</p> <p><strong>Your views count: Global Co-operative Image</strong></p> <p>We&#39;d like your help in realising the ICA&#39;s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade by participating in a short survey on key messages and a visual identity for the global co-operative movement. The ICA Board has decided that there was such strong acceptance of the logo for the International Year of Co-operatives that we should develop a subsequent image for co-operatives around the world to use at least through the Co-operative Decade.</p> <p>Our survey has been designed to capture the thoughts and feelings of co-operators all over the world about the most important attributes of co-operation. Your answers will help to test our ideas about the best way to unite co-operatives around common messages and a new global logo, a &#39;co-operative marque&#39;.</p> <p>The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. You can give us your valuable input <a href="http://ica.coop/sites/default/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=1031&amp;qid=27838">here</a>.</p> <p>We&#39;re keen to get the widest possible participation by engaging co-operators from all around the world, representing every economic sector from grass roots members to co-operative leaders. Please feel free to <a href="http://ica.coop/sites/default/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=1031&amp;qid=27838" target="_blank">send this questionnaire</a> on to your colleagues.</p> <p>The survey will close on 9th May 2013.</p> <p>Thank you for participating!</p> <p><img alt="Intro signature" border="0" height="80" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://ica.coop/sites/default/files/styles/225x80_cropped/public/signature-chuck_1%20%281%29_1_0.png" width="225" /></p> <p>Charles Gould<br /> <strong>Director-General, ICA</strong></p> <p><a href="http://ica.coop/sites/default/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=1031&amp;qid=27838" target="_blank"><img alt="Share our survey" border="0" height="200" id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://2012.coop/sites/all/themes/ica2013/edigest_shortened_images/english/button-1.png" width="290" /></a></p> April 2013 Latest News Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:46:32 +0000 masteradmin 774 at http://www.australia2012.coop Carbon income initiative http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/april-2013/carbon-income-initiative <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1 April 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new approach to landholder-driven carbon-based income is on the table: the Australian Carbon Co-operative. The initiative of ecologist Johannes Bauer, the co-operative takes a fresh approach to generating carbon from private land, and also to the way landholders profit from carbon. </div> </div> </div> <p>25 March 2013 | <em>The Land</em></p> <p>A new approach to landholder-driven carbon-based income is on the table: the Australian Carbon Co-operative.</p> <p>The initiative of ecologist Johannes Bauer, the co-operative takes a fresh approach to generating carbon from private land, and also to the way landholders profit from carbon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/carbon-income-initiative/2651771.aspx" target="_blank">Read full article</a></p> April 2013 Latest News Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:39:29 +0000 masteradmin 773 at http://www.australia2012.coop Sun powers workers co-op http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/april-2013/sun-powers-workers-co-op <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22 April 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Australia&#039;s first worker-owned green manufacturing plant celebrated the installation of its first solar hot water system and held a press conference on Monday, 22 April at Kildonan Uniting Care in Coburg Victoria, to discuss this progressive approach to jobs saving and building the new generation of green technologies manufacturing. </div> </div> </div> <p>Australia&#39;s first worker-owned green manufacturing plant&nbsp;celebrated the installation of its first solar hot water system and held a press conference on&nbsp;Monday, 22 April at&nbsp;Kildonan Uniting Care in Coburg Victoria, to discuss this&nbsp;progressive approach to jobs saving and building the new generation of green technologies manufacturing.</p> <p><img alt="Earthworker Solar" src="/sites/default/files/images/earthworker-solar.jpg" /></p> <p>Representatives of Earthworker, business partners and trade union officials including Ged Kearney, ACTU president were onsite to witness the unveiling of the solar system on the roof of the Uniting Church facility.</p> <ul> <li> <a href="/downloads/Earthworker-Press-Release.pdf" target="_blank">Read the press release</a> <img alt="Adobe PDF" src="/sites/default/files/images/pdficon_small.gif" /><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> <a href="/downloads/PROOF-POINTS-EARTHWORKER.pdf" target="_blank">Why choose a co-operative?</a> <img alt="Adobe PDF" src="/sites/default/files/images/pdficon_small.gif" /></li> </ul> <h4> Why are employee-owned businesses better?</h4> <p>Employee-owned firms are more productive and their employees are better off:*</p> <ul> <li> Firms that are owned by their employees or where they have a stake in the business through a share ownership plan are 4-5% more productive than comparable companies</li> <li> They are also 25% more likely to survive than comparable companies and the employees are four times less likely to get laid off in a downturn</li> <li> 98% of co-operatives are still trading after their first three years compared to 65% of all business</li> <li> Over a 25% year period employee owned companies have 25% higher job growth</li> <li> Employees at employee-owned firms receive 5-15% more in wages</li> <li> Employee owned businesses do not close for reason of moving to another country</li> </ul> <p>High profile examples of employee-owned firms:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/slice_of_the_action_workers_make_OnnbPlj1N23ZGDTrxhBbDI" target="_blank">Australia - Arup (in <em>BRW) </em></a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/people_power_of_the_world_most_successful_ObhvFPFvh4OTlhsO6coV8N" target="_blank">UK - John Lewis (in <em>BRW</em>)</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/people_power_of_the_world_most_successful_ObhvFPFvh4OTlhsO6coV8N" target="_blank">US - Publix (in <em>BRW</em>)</a></li> </ul> <p>Australian example of a manufacturing firm where jobs were saved because the plant was transferred to employee ownership rather than closing:</p> <ul> <li> C-mac Industries (<a href="http://employeeownership.com.au/employee-ownership/case-studies/" target="_blank">case study</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUk5TaeJ3-A" target="_blank">video</a>)</li> </ul> <p><strong>*Sources</strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://employeeownership.com.au/" target="_blank">Employee Ownership Australia</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.esopinfo.org/infographics/" target="_blank">National Centre for Employee Ownership</a></li> <li> <a href="http://employeeownership.co.uk/publications/new-publication-employee-ownership-impact-report-the-business-case-for-employee-ownership/" target="_blank">Employee Ownership Association UK</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> April 2013 Latest News Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:05:16 +0000 masteradmin 770 at http://www.australia2012.coop New co-ops provide exciting prospects http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/april-2013/new-co-ops-provide-exciting-prospects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17 April 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The formation of three new co-operatives suggests the renaissance of the co-operative is here. </div> </div> </div> <p>The formation of three new co-operatives suggests the renaissance of the co-operative is here.</p> <h3> <a name="TCFG"></a>Buy Local, Buy Co-op - The Co-operative Food Group</h3> <p>Built on the theme, &lsquo;Buy Local, Buy Co-op,&rsquo; The Co-operative Food Group (TCFG) recently formed as a wholesale co-operative to give more buying opportunities to the independent sector.</p> <p>Beginning as a simple idea in 2009, the co-op now boasts 21 members, owning 43 stores and supported by at least 30 retail suppliers, with more looking to join. The co-op looks to turnover in excess of $3 million in its first year of trading.</p> <p>Members have access to better margins from their buys through the co-operative and participate in a loyalty rebate that returns the co-ops profitability to its members.</p> <p>The co-op believes it will have at least 50 members within three years of starting, mainly supermarkets, convenience stores and specialty food businesses including fruit and vegetable stores.</p> <p>Secretary, Richard O&rsquo;Leary, also CEO of Macleay Regional Co-operative, said, &ldquo;From a good idea, the business is being grown by passionate managers and a loyal membership. We will build our business on the theme &ldquo;Buy Local, Buy Co-op.&rsquo;</p> <h3> <strong><a name="ACC"></a>Australian Carbon Co-operative </strong></h3> <p>The Australian Carbon Co-operative (ACC) has had its application for co-operative status accepted, after almost two years in formation. They are Australia&rsquo;s first co-operative specialising in ecosystem based carbon sequestration through forestry and natural regeneration of marginal agricultural land.</p> <p>ACC Chairperson, Johannes Bauer, on the process of formation, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;At ACC we have tried to apply the co-operative model to ecosystem based carbon sequestration for Australian farmers but not restricted to those. We have worked to get the framework and obligations right, for almost two years now, because we are convinced that nothing less will do. And we are in full agreement that only the co-operative business model will ensure that this new landuse, which after all we expect will save us from a changing climate will do what it is supposed to do and not turn the whole process into a speculative business bonanza we CANNOT afford any longer.&rdquo; </em></p> <p>This method of carbon sequestration through land renewal can offset carbon emissions by up to six tonnes of carbon per year per hectare, depending on location. ACC aims to act as an aggregator of individual landholders&rsquo; project areas to develop economies of scale to market the accrued carbon credits to the broader community.</p> <p>ACC will provide landholders with expertise required to make use of the carbon market. Important to note is that the market for carbon credits is not dependant on the Australian government policy, as there is an established world market seeking carbon credits.</p> <h3> Earthworker Co-operative</h3> <p>The first installation of a Eureka&#39;s Future Workers Cooperative&nbsp;<a href="http://earthworkercooperative.com/what-is-earthworker-cooperative/" target="_blank">solar hot water system&nbsp;</a>is occurring now at a Coburg Uniting Church facility, community organisation Kildonan, 512 Sydney Rd Coburg, Victoria. <a href="http://earthworkercooperative.com/what-is-earthworker-cooperative/" target="_blank">Earthworker</a> will hold a press conference to mark the milestone onsite, on Monday, 22 April at 10am. The press conference will be attended by ACTU President, Ged Kearney.</p> April 2013 Latest News Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:31:36 +0000 masteradmin 763 at http://www.australia2012.coop Last Big Co-op Conversation for 2012 http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/december-2012/last-big-co-op-conversation-2012 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 December 2012 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> University of Sydney&#039;s Co-operative Research Group will hold two events to end IYC 2012 on the 14 December – a seminar on co-operative housing by Peter Gates (The Mercury Centre) and the launch of the new book by leading co-operative historian Gary Lewis: &#039;Land Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry to the 1990s&#039;. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://sydney.edu.au/business/research/co-operatives" target="_blank">University of Sydney&#39;s Co-operative Research Group</a> has two events to end IYC 2012 on&nbsp;the Friday, 14 December, 3-5pm. The venue for both activities will be Darlington Centre School Building, University of Sydney, Meeting Room 7.</p> <p>The first will be a <a href="#HousingCo-ops">seminar by Peter Gates</a> on the &quot;The Petersham Model for Co-operatives and Housing&quot; at 3pm.</p> <p>The <a href="#BookLaunch">second event will be a launch</a> (in co-operation with the Business and Labour History Group) on the CRG website of Gary Lewis&rsquo;s new book entitled <em>Land Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry to the 1990s</em> at 4pm. Gary Lewis is Australia&rsquo;s leading co-operative historian with five major books examining the history of the Australian Co-operative Movement. For further details concerning Gary Lewis see below.</p> <h3> <a name="HousingCo-ops"></a>Housing Co-ops</h3> <p>The topic will be &quot;The Petersham Model for Co-operatives and Housing&quot; by Peter Gates (<a href="http://www.mercury.org.au" target="_blank">The Mercury Centre</a>). In this seminar, Peter will look at the nature of co-operative involvement in housing. He will present an alternate approach to the use of co-operatives in the provision of housing in Australia, outlining a model for shared equity housing using a co-operative structure where ownership of the residences is by the co-operative, along with some research questions that it raises.</p> <p>Peter is a co-operative practitioner who has been involved for over 25 years in co-operative development. As CEO of The Mercury Centre, he works with groups building collaborative enterprises, people working together for a common goal, assisting them in areas such as concept development; enterprise definition and creation; strategic and business planning; goal setting and situational analysis; governance reviews and renewal; and constitution/rules development.</p> <h3> <a name="BookLaunch"></a>Book Launch</h3> <p>Gary Lewis has made a significant contribution to an understanding of Australia&rsquo;s co-operative movement. Gary has been writing and speaking about co-operation and co-operatives since 1983 when he gave a paper on the NSW Co-operatives Act at the ANU&rsquo;s Centre for Continuing Education&rsquo;s Working Together conference. Since then, he has contributed over 45 books, reports, articles and conference presentations including books on the history of Australian farmers&rsquo; co-operatives and credit unions. His PhD. from the ANU focused on history of Rochdale consumer co-operatives in NSW and was subsequently published as a book.</p> <h3> RSVP</h3> <p>For catering purposes, please email <a href="mailto:wos.admin@sydney.edu.au">wos.admin@sydney.edu.au</a> by noon Tuesday, 11 December as to whether you are attending either or both events.</p> December 2012 Latest News Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:09:41 +0000 masteradmin 424 at http://www.australia2012.coop New National Regulations for Co-Ops: Have Your Say http://www.australia2012.coop/news-and-events/latest-news/november-2012/new-national-regulations-co-ops-have-your-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20 November 2012 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than 600 co-operatives across NSW will benefit from proposed new national regulations designed to reduce red tape and add a competitive edge, the NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rod Stowe, announced today. </div> </div> </div> <p><em>20 November 2012 | Fair Trading, NSW Government</em></p> <p>More than 600 co-operatives across NSW will benefit from proposed new national regulations designed to reduce red tape and add a competitive edge, the NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rod Stowe, announced today.</p> <p>Releasing the draft Co-operatives National Regulations for public and industry comment, Mr</p> <p>Stowe invited the state&rsquo;s 1.5 million co-op members to have their say on how to improve the regulations that govern them to ensure they get the perfect fit for improved and practical operation of the law.</p> <p>&ldquo;Co-operatives are a success story for communities across this state and the country, providing community services and building social capital through democratic and open membership,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;2012 is the <em>United Nations International Year of Co-operatives </em>and what better way to celebrate than having the legislature and the community work together to slash red tape, reduce costs and get better regulation for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the United Nation&rsquo;s goals this year is to encourage governments to establish policies, laws and regulations that support the formation, growth and stability of co-operatives. NSW is the lead jurisdiction for the new co-operatives laws and is working together with the other states and territories on these reforms.</p> <p>In May this year, the NSW Parliament passed the <em>Co-operatives (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012, </em>which will commence once the new regulations and administrative processes are in place. The other states and territories are working on implementation of new nationally consistent laws.</p> <p>The draft regulations come with a <strong>summary guide </strong>to help the co-operatives sector, members of the public and other interested stakeholders submit comments and suggestions.</p> <p>The regulations are drafted in a modern accessible manner, recognising the unique democratic structure of co-operatives. The new regulations also seek to rectify unfair competitive advantages that companies have over co-operatives by allowing co-operatives to operate on a national basis and reducing the amount of onerous financial reporting for small co-operatives.</p> <p>Mr Stowe encouraged anyone wanting to comment on the draft Co-operatives National Regulations to visit the NSW Fair Trading website at <a href="http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au" target="_blank">www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au</a></p> <p>A short online survey is also available and is a quick and easy way to contribute.</p> <p>The closing date for comments and the short survey is 7 January 2013.</p> <p>Follow Fair Trading on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FairTradingNSW" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/NSW_FairTrading" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> <h3> Media contact</h3> <p>Kelly Burke<br /> T. 9619 8623<br /> M. 0408 734 586</p> Latest News November 2012 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:29:50 +0000 masteradmin 420 at http://www.australia2012.coop