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The AOA’s extension program is getting off and running early this year, with an interactive webinar exploring the opportunities provided by co-operative business operations.

Combining learning and discussion, the session will look at how mutuality and co-operation can collectively solve a problem and form foundations for shared ownership among olive growers.

It will specifically cover the foundations of ‘what is a co-op’, with case studies shared for inspiration and discussion.

Hosted by the AOA, the webinar will be presented by Clare Fountain from Co-operative Bonds, supported by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM).

Clare Fountain is a highly experienced and dedicated professional who has been instrumental in supporting member-owned, purpose-driven small business enterprises in building resilience and achieving sustainable success. With a holistic and methodical approach, she excels in complex situations by considering multiple influencing factors and developing clear, staged strategies to deliver agreed outcomes.

Clare has contributed to national government-funded co-op development programs Farming Together and Co-operative Farming. She is currently contributing to the Care Together program of the BCCM, the peak body for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia – member-owned businesses formed to benefit the people who use them rather than shareholders.


Wednesday, 7 February @ 11:00-11:45am AEDT.

Register here.

Note: A second webinar on the topic (Matakana Olive Co-operative Webinar), sharing the experience of a successful olive co-operative in practice, is being held on the 19th of February at 11:00am AEDT. Click here for more details and to register.

This webinar series is part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL22000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.