Logo of Castlemaine Community Co-Operative, est. 2023

Welcome to the Castlemaine Community Investment Co-operative!

We are a group of residents working together to purchase and manage local properties here in Central Victoria, taking them out of the speculative real estate market to make them community owned for good.

This will keep investment wealth in our town and build a vibrant, democratic, and resilient future for our community.

To learn more check out the About Page, sign up for our email newsletter, or join as a member.

  • Posters and handouts

    Posters and handouts

    We’ve produced two new documents that you might see these around town. To help support the Co-op, then feel free to print copies and share them! A two page handout with some information about the Co-operative: A catchy promotional poster:

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  • 104 members strong!

    104 members strong!

    We are now 104 MEMBERS strong!! We have also raised $5,000 in donations towards the Hub due diligence (building inspection, valuation, legal checks, etc). We only need $4,880 more to have the Hub offer ready by the end of June. THANK-YOU MEMBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

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  • Come to our Launch!

    Come to our Launch!

    You’re invited to our official launch event! We look forward to meeting you. Come along and hear about our vision, where we are up to, and whathelp we need to set up our first offer (to buy the Hub). You can also buy a founding member t-shirt for $20/$15. Members and non-members are welcome, but…

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  • We’ve formed!

    We’ve formed!

    Last night we became an official co-op that can take members (we are 16 strong tonight!). Come join us as a foundation member! Full Membership $40 per year Concession/Strapped/Under 18 $20 per year Outside investors/speculators/multi-nationals extracting profit from our communities through real estate, driving prices up and low-income residents, service workers, local enterprises and our…

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  • Formation Meeting next Thursday

    Formation Meeting next Thursday

    Castlemaine Community Investment Co-operative is officially forming! When: Thursday 1 February, 5:30pm. Where: 16A Lyttleton St Castlemaine. The Formation Meeting is the final step in becoming registered after the name and rules were approved by Consumer Affairs earlier this month. After this meeting we will be able to open a bank account, sign-up members, and…

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  • Next steps

    Next steps

    Support is steadily building after last month’s Town Hall Meeting and Expression of Interest process. Nearly fifty local residents are already keen to become founding members of the Castlemaine Community Co-operative. Raising enough money to purchase the Hub may be within our collective grasp! It’s clear that many people wish to support the project but…

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  • Questions & Answers

    Questions & Answers

    We’ve been overwhelmed with the responses received so far via our Expression of Interest Form. Many responses have made useful comments or raised important questions. This post is to address some of the questions raised, both in those responses and at last Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting. We’re still receiving Expression of Interest responses until Sunday,…

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  • Town Hall Meeting

    Town Hall Meeting

    We are very excited by the response at our Town Hall meeting last night. Around fifty interested residents turned out to discuss the proposed Community Co-operative and the purchase of the Hub building. A number of insightful questions were asked, and the Expression of Interest results have started flowing in. We’re preparing some Questions and…

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  • Save The Hub! Castlemaine residents forming a co-operative

    Save The Hub! Castlemaine residents forming a co-operative

    Local residents are banding together to form the Castlemaine Community Co-operative. A public meeting will be held at the Castlemaine Town Hall on Wednesday 13 September from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

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