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

29 November 2012

In this issue

Dear Valued Supporters and Friends,
Welcome to the IYC 2012 Australia e-newsletter:


- Best corporate gift buy

- Draft regs under the microscope


- Safe as houses

- Amazing resilience of co-ops


- Youth join UN online

- Fan-love


- Spotlight


Latest IYC 2012 & Co-op News

Best corporate gift buy

Building a Better Australia

Looking to fill the corporate stocking this Christmas? If you haven't already spied a copy of Building a Better Australia, the official commemorative year book for Australian Co-operatives, it's a stunning, hardback, 144 page coffee table book telling the stories of more than 50 of our most iconic co-operative businesses. Order before 31 Dec for the special IYC 2012 discount – 20% off the cover price and all profits back to the IYC campaign.
Buy the book through the Co-op Bookshop now | Email Mitch for information on bulk discounts

Draft regs under the microscope
Fair Trading     
Draft National Co-operative Regulations in NSW have now been released for industry and public comment. Co-operatives are encouraged to offer their insights and provide comment on the proposed legislation on the NSW Fair Trading website. Deadline for comments is 7 January 2013.

Safe as houses
Shirley and Race    
What's happening here?
Borderlands Cooperative released a report on Tuesday on co-operative housing, investigating its economic, social and psychological benefits. The report was completed on behalf of the Victorian co-operative housing sector, with the purpose of advocating co-operative housing as the Victorian Government undertakes a review of social housing.
View the main report Adobe PDF | View a summary of the launch
Smarter BuysWhat's happening over there?
A consortium of co-operative housing associations has won the Buy Better Together Challenge with a collective purchasing scheme Smarterbuys, which uses group purchasing power and existing sources of affordable credit to bring down the cost of white goods.
Read more about Smarterbuys and the Buy Better Together Challenge

Co-operatives in the Fourth Sector: The role of Member-Owned Businesses in the Global EconomyAmazing resilience of co-ops

The University of Western Australia and Co-operatives WA released its research into the Co-operative sector at the Co-operatives WA Conference November 8–9.
Co-operatives in the Fourth Sector: The role of Member-Owned Businesses in the Global Economy examines how the member-focused nature of co-operatives is a fundamental driver in their success.
Read the synopsis to the research and obtain the order form Adobe PDF

Australian Youth Ambassador Steven LynchYouth join UN online
Australian youth representatives were invited to contribute to a draft International Co-operative Youth Statement as part of the UN official closing event for the International Year of Co-operatives – NYC 19–21 Nov.
Read Australian Youth Ambassador Steven Lynch's blog as part of Australia's contribution.
Visit the IYC 2012 Youth Delegates Facebook page

South Sydney Rabbitohs could become a fan-owned club. Did you know world-renowned sports clubs such as FC Barcelona and USA's Green Bay Packers are co-operatively owned by their supporters? In Germany, most football clubs are majority owned by their members.
Learn more about the global movement for supporter-ownership
Read the Financial Times column on sports club ownership

Eastern Suburbs

Providing choices for young women
Sydney Housing Co-operative CHOISES, which provides affordable housing to young women in the Eastern Suburb featured as a global story of the day. View the prezi
MSCMapel Street Co-op wins award
Maleny's Maple Street Co-op capped off the International Year of Co-operatives by winning ‘Best Retail Shop on the Sunshine Coast' at the Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2012.

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