Blue Mountains Food Co-Op Community Fair Day

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Food Co-op in Katoomba is celebrating its 30th birthday, making it probably the oldest in NSW (Afalfa House in Enmore is the other co-op in the running) and on  of the oldest in Australia (Maple St Co-op in Maleny QLD was founded in 1979). Founded in a garage in 1980, the co-op has thrived in its current location in Ha’penny Lane since 1998.

To celebrate 30 years, a Community Fair at Philip Hall Blackheath is planned for Saturday 12th March with entertainment and events from 10am to 10pm.  Entry is free.

Fairfax Article on the Mountains Slow Food Movement

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This article popped up in a search, and even though it is a couple of years old, I thought I would post it as it is quite a nice overview on the Cittaslow movement in the mountains (link is to WA Today as I can’t find it on SMH). It has several interviews and references to locals like Hominy Bakery, Logan Brae Orchard and the Co-Op at Katoomba. Read it here.


Food Co-op management no confidence?

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The Gazette is reporting a no confidence motion in the food co-op board. I don’t know the particulars of this fight, and it looks like it has a personal element, but just from the point of view of an ordinary member, it looks like a problem.

The last newsletter talked about raising prices and membership fees in order to fund a new location and a change management consultant. This sounds like such a bad business decision it could be on a TV show. It smacks of the last communication you have before the news comes that the organisation is now insolvent and the new managers are attempting to refocus on ‘core’ business.

I suspect if there was a little less “world’s best practice for co-operatives”, and a little more common sense, the co-op would continue to do well.