As a registered Cooperative, Kanjini is legally obligated to be
governed by a set of Rules.
The Office of Fair Trading, Department of Employment, Economic
Development & Innovation in Queensland, has provided us with a
set of Model
Through many group discussions we have amended these
model rules to fit our vision.
In cooperation with the Office of Fair Trading we then further
amended the draft rules to ensure they are in accordance with the
Act (~1.7Mb) and still allow us to realise our Vision.
These rules have been unanimously adopted by the members of
Kanjini Co-Op during our formation meeting on 20.09.2009.
We have since then made several additional changes to our rules,
all of which were checked and approved by the Office of Fair
Kanjini Co-Op has a policy of transparency so we happily provide
this current version
(pdf file 275Kb).
Some people have told us that it is not good to have too many
rules, yet we know several communities which failedbecause they
did not have clear rules. Additionally as a cooperative we are
required by law to have a minimal set of rules.
The reason that we have spent so much time writing our rules is
because the model rules are pretty much the absolute minimum any
Cooperative can have, but they did not suit us as they were.
And our current rules are still about the same size as the model
rules, so it is not that we have created even more rules, it is
more that we have changed the model rules so our members have more
rights and our board of directors is much more accountable.
For example in the model rules board meetings are closed, in our
rules each member has a right to attend all board meetings, making
for much more openness and accountability.
We believe because we have spent so much time to change the model
rules, Kanjini Co-Op will be more transparent, fairer and more
suited to our purposes.
We are confident that these rules provide us with a solid set of
tools to pool our assets, cooperate, solve any internal conflicts,
share the land and advance our vision.
And as with everything, our rules may be changed by a General
Meeting as circumstances and experiences change.
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