GIPPSLAND farmers will be able to draw on local knowledge to use a new, free DIY co-op builder.
Leongatha-based ag consultant Richard Jackson learned about the simple online tool at the recent Farming Together forum, supported by the Australian Government.
The Farm Co-op builder was developed by Farming Together in conjunction with Australia’s peak body for co-ops, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, and was written by some of the country’s leading experts in co-op law and education.
The Farm Co-op Builder will:
• Make it easier to put together the key paperwork you need to register as a co-op
• Help plug the information and resources gap for farmers and the experts advising them
• Show how to write a compliant constitution (the rules for how the business operates) and disclosure statement (how the co-op will put the money together from its member investors)
• Link to other industry resources.
It was launched at the national Farming Together forum at Adelaide Convention Centre this month.
“This tool will make it easier for people to set up, register and then run their co-operatives,” said Farming Together project director Lorraine Gordon.
“It is a valuable DIY tool for start-up co-ops and offers great support for those ready to expand.”
Farming Together is a two-year, $13.8m initiative from the Australian Government designed to help agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs.
Farming Together is being delivered by Southern Cross University on behalf of the Australian Government.
It comprises a highly experienced senior team drawn from a wide range of commodity groups from across Australia and is backed by an industry advisory group representing experts from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and NSW.
For more information, go to www.farmingtogether.com.au