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International Year of Co-operatives 2012 e-newsletter
2012, it’s Our Time to Shine!

17 October 2012

In this issue

Dear Valued Supporters and Friends,
Welcome to the National Co-operatives Conference Special e-newsletter:


- Politicians confirm for National Conference

- Aboriginal Co-operatives in NSW


- Co-screen Film Festival

- Youth Summit


- National Co-operative Leadership Awards Dinner

- Building a better Australia book launch


- National Mapping Research

- Social Media at the Conference


- Quebec Summit


Latest IYC 2012 & Co-op News

Rob Oakeshott, Federal Member for Lyne and Luke Hartsuyker, Federal Member for CowperPoliticians confirm for National Conference
Rob Oakeshott, Federal Member for Lyne and Luke Hartsuyker, Federal Member for Cowper will give government addresses at the National Co-operatives Conference next week.
Last minute places are still available, contact Megan McGill on (02) 5525 1555. Don’t miss the opportunity to join hundreds of fellow co-operators and 50 speakers from across the globe on the future of co-operatives nationally and internationally. Read the program

JoyceCo-operatives, It's a Cultural Thing –
Aboriginal Co-operatives in NSW
Adobe PDF
A conference highlight is the exhibition of art and archival photos celebrating the contribution of co-operatives to the local community at the Glasshouse Centre, Port Macquarie. The exhibition has been a collaborative effort between Aboriginal co-operatives Woolitji and Nungera. Read the Co-ops show artistic side media release Adobe PDF Read the Woolitji media release Adobe PDF

When Colin met JoyceCo-screen Film Festival
Australia’s first co-operative film festival will run throughout the conference program, featuring seven Australian co-operative films.
Co-screen will begin with a special panel session and screening of Lights on the Hill at 9:45am on day one, discussing the co-operative community of Maleny in south east Queensland. Check the program for screening details.

Bianca BondYouth Summit
As part of the Youth Summit, Donnie Maclurcan and Jo Barraket will present a standalone session engaging youth delegates on succession planning and co-operative branding. The results will form part of Australia’s submission to the International Youth Co-operative Statement at the International Year’s closing ceremony at the United Nations in November.
Meet some of our youth delegates

Maggie BeerNational Co-operative Leadership Awards Dinner
National food icon Maggie Beer AM will present the first Co-operative Leadership Awards at this special gala dinner, and share her thoughts on sustainable food production and the protection of productive agricultural land. Join Australia’s co-operative leaders for a great night of food, wine and entertainment on the closing night of the conference. Registration still open. To book phone Megan McGill on (02) 5525 1555.

Building a Better Australia – 50 stories of co-operationBuilding a better Australia book launch
Join guests Luke Hartsuyker MP, IYC Patron Bob Debus AM and IYC Ambassador Peter Russell-Clarke as we launch the official IYC Commemorative Year Book Building a Better Australia: 50 stories of co-operation.

Delegates can purchase the book at the conference for a discounted price or order online.

Dr Richard DennissWhy are Australians so co-operative? National Mapping Research
Did you know 80 per cent of Australians are members of a co-operative, but only 20 per cent are aware of co-operatives? Fascinating insights such as this will be handed down by Dr Richard Denniss of The Australia Institute as part of the first national mapping research project: The size and scope of mutually owned co-operatives in Australia.

TwitterSocial Media at the Conference
Follow @SBANews for live conference tweets – get involved by using the official hashtag #aucoopconf.
Like our facebook page for conference recaps.

Dame Pauline GreenQuebec Summit
The international co-operative community has issued a declaration at the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec for global leaders to recognise the importance of the co-operative model of business in creating a stable and fair global economic environment.
Australian representatives at the summit included bankmecu, CBH, Capricorn Society, Community Mutual Group and Social Business Australia. View the Australian blog from the summit.

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