Co-operative farming

Future proofing Aussie farmers, fishers and foresters

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Co-operative Farming: Future proofing Aussie farmers, fishers and foresters. The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is working with the Australian Government to provide primary producers with the resources and advice they need to start or grow co-operatives.

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Simon Lane

Representing SA, VIC and TAS

Since 1998, Simon and his wife have owned and operated a 200-acre property 50km south of Adelaide. They run 80 cattle, produce approximately 2000L of olive oil annually and look after a 300-hectare eucalypt and pine forest. Simon has a great love of the land and of the people in rural communities.

Simon is also the former chair of Almondco Australia Limited, a SA-based almond processing company. Almondco has a powerful cooperative culture focusing on the best interests of its almond grower members. It is a fully vertically integrated company with both domestic and export markets and an annual turnover of approximately $250m. Simon finished this role in early 2020.

Simon Lane
Greg Wall AM

Representing WA and NT

Greg is the former Group CEO of Capricorn Society and serves as a director of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), the global peak body for co-operatives. He is also the Chair of the ICA Audit and Risk Committee and the Chairman of the Margaret River Wine Association. He has held a variety of relevant directorships including CUSCAL, Edith Cowan University, Automotive Holdings, COOPS WA and Home Building Society. Greg was the Chairman of the Australian International Year of Cooperatives Secretariat, led the formation of the Business Councils of Mutuals and Cooperatives in Australia and was a director.  In 2019 he was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia, recognising his outstanding achievement and service to business and to the community.

Greg Wall AM
Greg Mcnamara

Representing NSW, ACT and QLD

Greg has spent his entire life working in the agricultural sector, firstly as a dairy share farmer, then moving to farm ownership in his mid-twenties. Greg currently runs a 300-strong dairy herd in partnership with his wife and son at Goolmangar near Lismore. Greg has been a Director of Norco Co-operative Limited since 1996 and has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1999. He is also a member of the Northern Rivers Cooperatives Alliance. He is a strong believer in working co-operatively for better outcomes for all.

Greg Mcnamara
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Upcoming events and training

8 July 2020 18:30
Co-operative Conversations episode 3 part 1: interview
This is the story of a group of dedicated Aussie farmers who joined together to become the world’s largest macadamia processing company. Co-operative Conversations host and renowned agricultural journalist Pete Lewis talks to Marquis Macadamias CEO Larry McHugh about their fascinating farming journey on the far north coast of Australia, as well as their recent rebranding and consolidation experience and how they managed to add value, profitability and resilience to farm incomes with advanced food manufacturing.

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8 July 2020 20:15
Co-operative Conversations episode 3 part 2: roundtable
How the co-operatives add value: maximising produce and the food manufacturing supply chain. Journalist Pete Lewis and our farmer panel discuss and explore how maximising their produce into marketable products can transform producers from price takers to price makers.

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15 July 2020 18:30
Co-operative Conversations episode 4 part 1: interview
Despite the cyclones and the geographic isolation, Sweeter Banana has not only pioneered the lunchbox banana market, it has remained profitable by sticking together and thinking differently. Renowned agricultural journalist and host Pete Lewis talks to Doriana Mangili, Business Manager of The Sweeter Banana Cooperative.

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15 July 2020 20:15
Co-operative Conversations: episode 4 part 2: roundtable
One of the things a co-operative can do is unite a community or collective of producers to work together to overcome adversity. We speak with four different horticultural co-operatives about the challenges that brought them together in the first place and how they have used co-operation to mutual benefit.

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The work Sorted. and the BCCM did to bring together a likeminded group of fishermen and their families, and solidify the direction for the establishment of the LCFC has been and continues to be, instrumental to the LCFC’s successful operation.

Justin Phillips, Secretary & Assisting ConsultantLimestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative Limited

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