Buying back the farm: cooperating for sustainability on the land
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7pm
Climate change and encroachment by mining is causing rapid change in rural communities across Australia. With greater concentration of ownership and less diversity in farming communities, people from across social and political divides are looking for alternative ways to sustainably address the problem of food security. Historically, cooperating was one way that families and communities could build solidarity for the common good.
Could there be a cooperative renaissance coming for our Victorian rural communities?
Join three speakers to discuss these themes:
• John Madigan – the independent Senator is passionate about farming and banking (credit union) co-operatives, and is keen for more Australians to embrace worker co‐operatives.
• Godfrey Moase (pictured) – Assistant General Branch Secretary at the National Union of Workers is at the forefront of campaigns to advance the dignity of workers in farming and in food processing and has thrown his support behind the Fleurieu Poultry workers cooperative project in South Australia.
• Stuart Chignell – an entrepreneur who is developing sustainable rural fish farming and is exploring the co-operative business model.
• Antony McMullen (moderator) – is the Founder of CoopWorkshop and is currently working on policy and procedure development for Earthworker Co-operative, a movement to ‘work our way out of climate change’ by developing worker co-operatives and building the solidarity economy.
Enjoy the opportunity to hear some stimulating speakers at the swish and quirky Kelvin Club in Melbourne.
Come along prepared to listen, engage and workshop some ideas to help Stuart to pursue his dreams for sustainable rural regeneration.
Enjoy a social drink after the discussion to build on the ideas discussed in the CoopWorkshop.