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Reports from the International Year of Co-operatives National Conference 24 - 25 October 2012, Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Co-ops and credit unions play an important role in the regional economy in which Port Macquarie is located. The region has a long history of high value co-operatives dating back to the early 1900’s - Norco Co-operative (1895), Hastings Co-operative Ltd (1916) and Nambucca River Co-operative (1903) - which has proven an effective system for market competitiveness particularly in agriculture. With Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-operative, the combined turnover of these four co-ops in 2010 was more than $440m.
Credit unions and building societies in the 6 LGA-MNC region hold assets of $1.6 billion. The community has strong confidence in this financial sector with assets representing slightly over 10% of the state’s total assets for this sector – significant, as the MNC portion of the state population is only 3.4%
Brief reports on the conference follow. Read also - Co-operatives Urge New Era of Collaboration, IYC 2012 Australia, 2 November 2012
- A broad based program
- Co-op Business Clinics
- Who knew Australians were so co-operative? National Mapping Project
- Media coverage
- Youth Summit
- Educators Forum – conference side event
- Year Book Launch: Building a Better Australia
- Co-operatives: It’s a cultural thing – Aboriginal Co-operatives in NSW
- Co-screen: 2012 Australian Co-op Film Festival
- Leadership Awards Dinner
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.