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Canberra Cooperatives and Commons Development Group Meeting

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25 June 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gang Gang Cafe
Frencham Pl
Downer ACT 2602
Canberra Cooperatives and Commons Development Group Meeting @ Gang Gang Cafe | Downer | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

Canberra Co-ops Group

Cooperatives, Commons, and Communities Canberra (Co-Canberra)

The meeting will be a half-hour earlier than usual, starting at 5:30pm at the Gang Gang Cafe in Downer

This will allow us to leap over the shrubbery at 6:30 to the Downer Community Centre to join in on the Farmshare focus group. This is a proposal for a co-op style farm based at Castle Hill near Tharwa.

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The meeting agenda will be:

1 –  Updates on existing Co-Canberra projects: the Pre-Power Renewable Energy Co-op, and an electrical trade based worker owned self-directed Co-op. If you would like to know more about these, or help out, please come along.

2 – An update on the Caroola Farm community buyout proposal. We will know by then if the idea has the support to go ahead.

 Caroola Farm is an established, working, certified organic permaculture farm at Mulloon near Bungendore, NSW on 100 Acres. It has been running multiple enterprises, and has the potential to layer many more on top of those.

Caroola recently went up for sale, and we are gathering expressions of interest from people who would like to band together to buy it and keep it as a working permaculture co-operative farm.

If we can gather sufficient interest to put in a feasible bid, we may be able to buy ourselves time to organise a cohesive co-operative offer.

Contact buildafarmcoop@gmail.com for more info.

3 – general discussion

 You can add items on the day, which will be addressed if time allows


Upcoming meetings:

October 29

November 26

December 31 – perhaps a party somewhere?


Co-Canberra is here to provide ongoing support and resources for new and existing organisations in Canberra and its surrounds who align with our goals.
These goals 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 other beings.
  • 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?”
If you are interested in cooperatives, worker self-directed enterprises, commons, community based infrastructure and organisations, the democratisation of capital, alternative forms of ownership, non-hierarchical management, and building a new and just economy, then look no further than Co-Canberra.
Renewable energy, regenerative food production, housing, social service provision, anything you can think of can be done in more cooperative way, and be owned and directed by people just like you!
The group began in early 2017, and is currently establishing a Wiki to showcase regional examples of well designed organisations, and the best of national and international examples. We will also be showcasing the theories behind the thinking, philosophies, outstanding individuals in the field, and other relevant information. We would love you to write up your favorite example and post it on the wiki – contact info@canberracooperatives.com.au to help out.
We are also developing a network of folks who know how to develop and set up these organisations. Get in touch with us, and we can point you in the right direction for appropriate information on how you can begin or continue building your idea.
Co-Canberra hopes to advocate for and support worker cooperatives, community groups, and democratic workplaces as a key path to a resilient, locally integrated, locally owned, environmentally beneficial, democratic economic system in Canberra, in which economically and socially marginalised communities are supported.
They are currently in development of a renewable energy cooperative in partnership with Pingala Co-op. – http://pingala.org.au/pre-power/
We are also associated with the New Economy Network of Australia (NENA). https://www.neweconomy.org.au/
The group meet on the last Monday of every month, at 6pm. The venue varies. Contact us to find out more about the group, their next meeting, or their next event.
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Further Resources:
7 principles of cooperatives
Report on what we know about cooperatives by Virginie Perotin
Canberra Repair Cooperative

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