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Specialists in forming co-operatives
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Co-operative formations

CDS director Tony Gill has over 30 years experience in co-operative development. Since 1980, he has assisted in the formation of over 100 co-operatives in Australia, ranging from agriculture and business services to community and social enterprises. The names and primary activities of those co-operatives formed are listed below.

  Aboriginal Services
  Agriculture and Forestry Services
  Arts and Recreation
  Business Services
  Child Care Centres
  Electricity, Gas and Water Supply
  Health Care Services
  Information and Media
  Interest Groups
  Retail
  Social Housing

ABORIGINAL SERVICES

Koorie Press Traders Co-operative Ltd Printers
N.E.A.T. Constructions Co-operative Ltd Aboriginal home builders/renovators

AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY SERVICES

Agricultural Services
AYK Dairy Farmers Co-operative Ltd Milk transport
Central Highlands Co-operative Ltd Farm fuel purchasing
Centre for Sustainable Futures Co-operative Ltd Organic farming services
Corrong Development Co-operative Ltd Farming infrastructure
Demodairy Co-operative Ltd Dairy demonstration farm
Gippsland Herd Improvement Co-operative Ltd [1] Dairy herd improvement service
National Agricultural Data Co-operative Ltd Farm data management services.
South Gippsland Herd Improvement Co-op Ltd [2] Dairy herd improvement services
Agricultural Product Manufacturers
Australian Fruit Marketing Co-operative Ltd Fruit processing
Omeo Fine Fibres Co-operative Ltd Processing knitting yarn
Seymour Meat Processors Co-operative Ltd Meat processing
Agricultural Product Wholesalers
Australian Flowers Co-operative Ltd Market flowers overseas
Australian Venison Producers Co-operative Ltd Marketing venison
Down Under Mohair Co-operative Ltd Marketing mohair fibre
Egg Industry Co-operative Ltd [3] Poultry egg marketing
Greenlands Co-operative Ltd Potato marketing
Southern Agricultural Producers Co-operative Ltd Market lambs direct to processors
Tamara Co-operative Ltd
Date producers and wholesalers
Forestry Services
Central Victorian Tree Planting Co-operative Ltd Tree planting contractors
Gippsland Wood Products Co-operative Ltd Services to tree farmers
North East Victoria Forest Growers' Co-operative Ltd Manage and market tree plantation
Paulownia Growers' Co-operative Ltd Manage and market tree plantation

ARTS and RECREATION

Cann River Art & Craft Co-operative Ltd Retail craft outlet
Daylesford Region Ceramics Co-operative Ltd Ceramic support
Geelong Regional Gymnastics Centre Co-operative Ltd Gymnastic facilities
Jindalee Art & Crafts Co-operative Ltd Retail craft outlet
Jubilee Lake Co-operative Ltd Holiday Park
Point Smythe Co-operative Ltd Holiday home
Third Door Co-operative Ltd Artist's space

BUSINESS SERVICES

Australian Florists Co-operative Ltd Florists buying group
Australian Travel Agents Co-operative Ltd Travel agents buying/marketing group
Ballarat Employment Co-operative Ltd Business incubator
Bureau 5 Design Co-operative Ltd Graphic design consultancy
Co-operative Development Services Ltd Co-operative development agency
Codea Co-operative Ltd Engineering and Design services
Curves Victoria Co-operative Ltd Franchise marketing
Ethical Advisers' Co-operative Ltd Services to ethical advisers
Master Mechanics Co-operative Ltd Small garage marketing/purchases
Milk Mart Co-operative Ltd Milk bar buying group
Networking Communities Co-operative Ltd Internet and registry services
Valley Owner Drivers Co-operative Ltd Insurance for transport owners

CHILD CARE CENTRES

Airport West Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Clarendon Children's Centre Co-operative Ltd
Dawson Street Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Eltham Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Eltham Woods Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Fawkner Park Children's Centre Co-operative Ltd
Friendship Square Child Care Centre Co-operative Ltd
Orama Street Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Panton Hill Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Skye Childrens Co-operative Ltd
Wonga Park Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd

ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER SUPPLY

Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative Ltd Renewable electricity producer
Porters Road Water Storage Co-operative Ltd Water supply to rural sub-division
Rural Industries Co-operative Ltd Gas supply for chicken producers

HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Earthsoulscience Co-operative Ltd Personal development
Somatic Therapies Management Co-operative Ltd Health practitioners
Westgate Health Co-operative Ltd Community health service

INFORMATION AND MEDIA

Avenel.Co-op Ltd Community internet portal
Maldon Unity Co-operative Ltd Community newspaper
Mountain Monthly Co-operative Ltd Community newspaper
North East Telecommunications Co-operative Ltd [2] Community Internet Service Provider

INTEREST GROUPS

Asia Pacific Co-operative Training Centre Ltd Co-operative training services
Brothers and Sisters African Co-operative Group Ltd Employment services
Business & Professional Women's Co-operative Ltd Networking and support
Co-operative Energy Ltd Energy advocacy
Skills.net Association Co-op Ltd Services to Skills.net centres
Vesper Community Co-operative Ltd Rural community development
Whitefriars College Co-operative Ltd School learning co-operative

RETAIL

Ballarat Trading Co-operative Ltd Health and organic foods
Carlton Community Milk Bar Co-operative Ltd Milk bar
Casterton Community Co-operative Ltd Hardware store
Euroa Co-operative Society Ltd [4] Farm supplies
Kaniva Community Co-operative Ltd [5] Fuel outlet and roadhouse
Organic Fruit & Vegetable (Friends of the Earth) Co-operative Ltd Organic food
The Tobacco and Associated Farmers Co-operative Ltd [5] Farm supplies

SOCIAL HOUSING

Common Equity Housing Co-operatives
AFE Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Carringbush Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
CERC 13 Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Dolphin Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Earth Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
FKN Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Geelong West Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Keilor Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Northern District Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Opcola Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
St Josephs Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Start Polish Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Unity Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Valley Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Werribee Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Rental Housing Co-operatives
Chelsea Bayside Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Diamond Valley Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Ringwood/Croydon Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
South Barwon Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
South East Housing Co-operative Ltd
West Turk Housing and Elderly Services Co-operative Ltd
Housing Support Services
Gippsland Regional CERC Co-operative Association Ltd
Muslim Community Co-operative (Australia) Ltd (Now MCCA Ltd)
North Central Regional Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Association Ltd
Phoenix Co-operative Management Ltd
South West Association of Co-operatives Ltd


[1]   Merger of 3 dairy herd improvement co-operatives.
[2]   Converted from an incorporated association.
[3]   Converted from a statutory marketing authority.
[4]   Converted from an industrial and provident society.
[5]   Community buyout

Page updated June 2015
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