Starter Kit for a Treegrowers' Co-operative
In 1999, Co-operative Development Services Ltd published an 80 page
for a Treegrowers' Co-operative
Australian Forest Growers,
the national association of private forest growers.
Growers received funding under the
Farm Forestry Program
to produce the Kit.
The Starter Kit, compiled by CDS Director
primarily on the essentials of planning, establishing and operating a
treegrowers co-operative in Australia.
The kit was launched by the
Minister for Forestry and Conservation,
Wilson Tuckey, in Queensland in
November 1999. Mr Tuckey praised the development and
production of the Kit, saying it would contribute to more success stories in
for information about treegrowers co-operatives.
The following is an extract from a letter to Australian Forest Growers from
Michael P. Giuliano, Chairman of Equity Tree (1971) Co-operative Limited, on
the Starter Kit.
I have recently read the Starter Kit and I must congratulate the Australian
Forest Growers on producing a well-researched and definitive kit, which I
understand is unique in Australia.
Although I was not a member of the inaugural board of co-operative, I'm sure
that if those directors - right from the start - had access to the advantageous
information offered by this kit, their long and arduous job of taking our
co-operative from inception to clear fell, would, in my opinion, have been so
I believe that by studying the kit, the wealth of information it contains will
make those persons who are responsible for forming a forestry co-operative,
much more knowledgeable. This will enable them to talk intelligently to and
listen to and understand the legal and accounting professionals who will guide
It is also my considered opinion that the kit rightfully takes its place on the
'must read' list for farmers, budding entrepreneurs and fledging directors who
will choose (or already have chosen) a forestry co-operative as their vehicle
aggrandizement in the new millenium.
Michael P. Giuliano 2000