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

13 September 2012

The 2012 Conference Special

Glass House Port Macquairie

Don't miss Australia's largest gathering of co-operators at the 2012 National Co-operatives Conference - at the gorgeous Glasshouse, Port Macquarie 24-25 October.
Day 1 - 24 October 
Mighty Mondragon, Can co-ops save capitalism?, Saving the co-op - about member campaigns
Day 2 - 25 October  
Why co-operate?, Co-op agricultural futures, The co-op rockstars - new frontiers in co-op growth
The Co-op Business Clinics  
A dedicated 9-module co-op workshop program for boards, managers and members
Youth Summit
Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow  
Opening night
Launch 2012 Commemorative Year Book - "Building a Better Australia 
Closing night
2012 National Co-operative Leadership Awards with celebrity chef Maggie Beer AM 
50+ speakers, leading Australian co-operatives research, co-op film festival, trade showcase 
Who is this conference for? Boards, management, members of co-ops and mutual businesses, government and council representatives, educators, students, legal and finance professionals, community organisers, social entrepreneurs.
Option to stay on at the Strategic Regional Leadership Conference - co-hosted with the National Co-operatives Conference. 

It's easy to get to Port
The Mid North Coast of NSW is home to 42 co-ops and a strong credit union sector. Virgin and Qantas operate flights from Sydney and Brisbane from $65 each way. Port Macquarie is a 4.5 hour car ride from Sydney (385KMs) or 6 hours from Brisbane (555KMs). Accommodation starts at $99 per night. Spouses package available for conference delegates. Email Megan McGill at the conference office for more information: or phone + 02 5525 1500.
Early bird registration closes in one week - book now.

In the news

National Co-operatives Fortnight kicked off with international co-op development speaker, Paul Hazen and Social Business Australia’s Melina Morrison, discussing the role of co-operatives in empowering people in developing countries on ABC Radio's Life Matters. Listen again 
Get your downloadable Co-op Toolkit here - Media releases, letters to your MP, facts sheets and useful links
Are you a Co-op Icon? The IYC has provided you with the opportunity to create your own postcard
What’s your co-operative doing for Co-operatives Fortnight? Email your activities
West Belconnen Health Co-op expands

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