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There was a book launch on 24 October 2012 - Building a Better Australia - 50 Stories of Co-operation. Building a Better Australia was written by Mark Derby and published by the 2012 IYC Australia as a commemorative edition - briefly profiling mutuals, credit unions and co-operatives.
ACT (2) :Traditional Credit Union and West Belconnen Health Co-operative.
New South Wales (26) : ABACUS, Aboriginal Medical Service, Alfalfa House, Australegal, Batlow Fruit, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists, Bathurst Wholefoods, Community First Mutual, Community Mutual, Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative, Ethnic Child Care Families and Communities, Hastings Co-operative, Hunternet, Independent Liquor Group, Labour Co-operative, LOD Co-operative Haulage and Transport, Macleay Regional Co-operative, Norco Co-operative, Plumbers Supplies Coperative, St. George Cabs, Tantrum Theatre Co-operative, Tertairy Access Group Co-operative, Tranby Co-operative College, University Co-operative Bookshop. Westfund Health Insurance and Yenda Producers Co-operative..
Queensland (3): Friends of the Earth, Maleny and Reverse Garbage.
South Australia (3): Community Co-operative Store, Lenswood Cold Stores and Master Butchers Co-operative.
Tasmania (1): Cohousing
Victoria (8): bankmecu, BEST Community Development, CEHL, Fitzroy and Carlton Community Credit Co-operative, Hepburn Wind, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd, Southern Quality Produce Co-operative Ltd, Terang Co-operative and Westgate Health Co-operative.
Western Australia ( 8) : Capricorn, CBH, Cooperatives WA, Geraldton Fishermen's, Mount Barker Co-operative, Ravensdown, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia and Sweeter Banana.
It is an invaluable reference source of the variety of co-operatives throughout Australia. The Co-op Bookshop is selling copies of the book.
At 8:30 p.m on 29 December ABC1 showed the first of four programs on the People's Supermarket in the UK. The programs were first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK in early 2011. The People's Supermarket was established in May 2010. Is the People's Supermarket a food co-operative or is it something else?
On behalf of all States and Territories, on 8 November 2011 NSW Fair Trading invited submissions on reporting requirements for small co-operatives. Submissions closed on the 7 December 2011. Seven submissions were received from - NSW Department of Education and training, the Co-operative Federation of Victoria Ltd, the Australian Accounting Standards Board, Co-operatives WA, Mark Snell and the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-operative Ltd.