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Cooperative Medical Clinic Success And National Expansion

The Canberra Times reports that the National Health Co-op, founded six years ago as Canberra’s West Belconnen Health Cooperative, now has seven medical clinics across the ACT, with another about to open in Higgins and then Yass. 33,000 patients have signed up – about 10% of the ACT.

About The Co-op

The co-op was formed by residents frustrated at the lack of bulk-billing GPs. Adults pay $100 a year plus a $30 joining fee to become members of the co-op, allowing unlimited access to bulk-billed primary care services. Members’ children under 18 are free.

Services at the clinics include general practice, podiatry, psychology, asthma and diabetes education, mental health, physiotherapy, child, teen and aged health, dietetics, counsellors and social workers.

Adrian …

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Community Solar Co-op Shares Snapped Up At Young Henrys

Shares in a community-based solar co-op in Sydney sold out in minutes last month. A Non-Profit group of ‘energy citizens’ called Pingala is behind a community solar farm, on the roof of Young Henry’s Brewery in Sydney’s inner west.

An Alternative To Private Rooftop Solar

Community owned solar farms offer an alternative to private rooftop solar. You can own a stake in a local solar farm to offset rising energy bills.

Pingala together with the local community choose a rooftop site on which to build and operate the solar farm – a local hotel, school, car park or wherever makes sense.

Building Community Support For Renewables

Pingala believes that everyone should be involved in and benefit from energy …

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Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge & Bush Festival 16-18 Sept

The word is spreading about this year’s Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge and Bush Festival running over the 16th – 18th September in Strathalbyn, 55 kms SE of Adelaide. Chloe Pearce is working hard as Promotions Coordinator – keen for the event to reach iconic status for SA!

The Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival is a 3 day event with local and interstate competitors showcasing their skills in:

  • whip cracking
  • bareback obstacles
  • stock handling
  • packhorse
  • horse shoeing
  • cross country events

The partnership between horse and rider, the trust and respect they have for each other, and the way they work together really showcases the Aussie ‘bush spirit’…something that SA is keen to preserve for all of us.

A keen visitor says:

“Cannot wait till September, have attended

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This Farm Needs A Farmer…Community Project Kyneton Vic

‘This Farm Needs A Farmer’ is a fledgling community project getting off the ground in central Victoria. It brings together tree-changers with little or no on-farm experience and retired farmers who appreciate the friendship that grows as well the pleasure in being able to share their knowledge and really help out!

Melissa Connor Is The Force Behind The Project

Melissa is a tree-changer who has been on her Kyneton property with her family for four years. After she and retired farmer 78 year old Noel Jenner realised just how beneficial and enjoyable the helping/sharing experience actually is, Melissa has taken on developing the idea, with a view to taking it to other rural communities and possibly overseas.

Support For The Project

The project has …

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Opportunity To Buy Into A Co-Living Property In Sydney

Debbie Petlueng has contacted PWF about an opportunity to buy into a modern, co-living space in Erskineville, inner west Sydney. This three level terrace, currently shared by three mature women, has operated successfully for three years but one owner is moving to New Zealand and wishes to sell her share.

Some Details

Debbie explains:

  • The property is located in Erskineville Inner West Sydney. Purchased in 2013, for three years it has operated as a co-living space for three mature women. Either a couple or a single person would be welcome to share the space.
  • The building is a modern three-level terrace house with two living areas and rear garden and is very close to public transport.
  • The share on offer includes a

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