Co-ops form Northern Rivers Cooperatives Alliance

MILK, fish, sugar, meat, and money.

With their powers combined, the newly formed Northern Rivers Cooperatives Alliance will have the push to improve productivity and create more local jobs.

The Cooperatives Alliance, which includes Norco, NSW Sugar, Northern Co-op Meat Co, Ballina Fishing Co-op, Summerland Credit Union and the Clarence River Fishing Co-op, was formally launched on Friday, October 10.

Alliance spokesperson Greg McNamara said in no other area of NSW were co-operatives so long established, strong and successful.

"The Cooperatives Alliance represents combined turnover of more than $700 million, a membership base of over 28,500 members and employs 2500 people locally," he said.

"We are in a position of leadership within the business community of the Northern Rivers and we can help small business and the region to prosper into the future."

Mr McNamara said creating pathways and removing obstacles so business can thrive was an integral goal of the Alliance.

He said this would help create jobs and encourage young and future generations to remain in the region.

The Cooperatives Alliance would also differ from other corporate structures because of the "concern for the communities in which we operate."

The next mission for the Cooperative Alliance will be brainstorming ways to improve infrastructure in the region.

The Coop Alliance has invited local council mayors and general managers to their next meeting.

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