Kanjini Co-Op

Kanjini Co-Op Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1 - January ~ February ~ March 2010


Welcome to Kanjini Co-Op's first quarterly Newsletter in 2010. Thank you all for your continued interest and support!
The most frequently asked questions we have received of late are Why does Kanjini Co-Op not have land portions for sale?  and Do I have to pay interest on the remaining share capital? and Can I live part time on Kanjini Co-Op Land? You will find some answers to those questions below.

First we wish to invite you to participate in Earth Day. In 2009 hundreds of millions of people showed support by turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. It is up to each one of us to stop being part of the problem and start becoming part of the solution.
Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

Earth HourAs you are probably aware we have spent and enjoyed quite some time outlining the Kanjini Co-Op Vision and writing the required Co-Op documents.
It is NOW time to expand and develop our Vision in more detail.
Please come and share an afternoon of laughter and inspirations, conversation and lively debate, planning and Q&A's at our next Hearts and Minds Meeting from 11am to 5pm on 27th March 2010 at 11 Fulton Close, Whitfield in Cairns (please RSVP to 07-40937755 or 0417193898). Please come along and become part of this process.

Please keep checking our website www.kanjini.org, it is changing and growing. For example we have just uploaded our members profiles, so please feel free to have a look and get to know the present Kanjini Co-Op members a bit better.

Kanjini Co-Op really needs more members before we can buy some land. We have been doing a bit of advertising in various publications around Australia and we have received quite a few enquiries, but we wish to do more advertising.
So if you happen to know of any groups you feel may be interested in Kanjini Co-Op or any publications or locations that would be suitable for advertising and or posters, please do let us know.  

If you are ready yourself to join Kanjini Co-Op, support the vision and share in the fun, please fill out your membership application.

We also would like to ask all of you to please help spread the Kanjini Co-Op Vision by telling your friends and neighbours, the shop assistant, the hair dresser and the teacher........
On our homepage are links to our hand-out and notice board flyers, please feel free to print and hand them out or put them up on your local notice board, or in the local food co-op.....thanks. 
We know that there are plenty of people out there who would love to become Kanjini Co-Op members and contribute their money to make our common vision come true, we just need all the help we can get to get the word out there to those people :-)

In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please tell us a bit more about yourself by filling in this short questionnaire. The information you provide will really help us in the planning process.   Thank you

Kanjini Co-Op offers a sustainable future for you, your children, the generations beyond, and for our magnificent environment.
Together we can commit to both personal and global transformation and turn this timely vision into a reality :-)

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) !

We are asked many questions and will be sharing some of those questions and answers in this Newsletter. You can also find answers to many questions on-line.

Why doesn't a share give you a piece of land with a yearly levy to cover co-op cost etc.?
One of the main aims of Kanjini Co-Op is cooperative and sustainable living. We believe that private land ownership is one of the root causes of today's world problems and we envisage a system of shared custodianship, rather than individual ownership. By moving from "this land is my land" to "we are one with the land", from private ownership to sharing, we intend to cooperate in looking after the land.
We also chose to not divide and apportion land because it does create boundaries and we would have less or no say or input regarding who purchased that protion of land if sold, therefore not knowing if the potential buyers would adhere to Kanjini Co-Op principles of land care for instance or be aligned with the vision of Kanjini Co-Op. It also would make it much harder for the Co-Op to control for example pets which might cause problems, potentially harmful chemical use or determine the type of buildings allowed.
Tropical FruitThere are many projects where people can have their individual title, but we believe that it is time to go much further than having a bit of common land in the middle of suburbia.
The other reason is that we believe and know from experience that if people have their own piece of land, cooperative living tends to suffer while everyone is involved in creating 'their own thing'. The separateness that this type of division creates is not a sustainable use of resources, often duplicating basic services such as laundries. We feel that dividing the land would create separation rather than togetherness.
However, this does not exclude any member from creating their own private space (unique shelter /room /dwelling
) or from leasing a 'piece of land' for the purpose of a business venture.
We respect the need for privacy, while we also want to see joyous days sharing activities together, making Kanjini Co-Op prosperous, sustainable and a beautiful place.

Can I live part time on Kanjini Co-Op Land?
Yes you certainly can. There are people who have expressed an interest in Kanjini Co-Op who travel for careers and want a special place to call home when not travelling, somewhere they can feel comfortable knowing they are contributing to the best interest of our planet.  There are others who live in nearby towns who can only enjoy being on the land at weekends due to work commitments.
And in fact you can even become a member if you do not intend to live on Kanjini land at all, but simply want to support this wonderful vision.

In the Business Plan of the Disclosure Statement I read that Kanjini will be growing Papaya and Sweet Potatoes. Are these the main crops that Kanjini plans to grow ?
We  included Papaya and Sweet Potatoes in our Business Plan plan as examples of cash crops suitable for the area and demand in the region.
And frankly we chose those two crops because we could access the required data required to create a realistic business plan for registration as a Trading Cooperative. We have no fixed plans as to what we will grow as commercial crops and a decision on that is unlikely to be made before we acquire the land. If you have any suggestions as to what crops we should consider, please let us know.

Kanjini Co-Op aims to create a sustainable lifestyle producing quality food for our own consumption and for exchange with the local area as a source of income. We will use many earthcare modalities such as Permaculture, Organics, Aquaponics, Biological Farming and Biodynamic Principles.  Kanjini’s aim is also to rehabilitate any areas of eroded and denuded land as well as custodianship of our food production area.

Agriculture will be engaged in for our own consumption as well as commercially. We intend to focus on seasonal and local foods, while aiming for long-term sustainability for future generations.

We envisage that we will grow a large variety of fruit trees and vegetables (with a preference to using non-hybrid and non GM seeds); spices; herbs for healing and cooking; flowers for scent, aesthetics, oils, and for attracting birds and butterflies; trees for timber, shade and bee food; bush tucker; mushrooms and fungi; bamboo (no running varieties); industrial hemp and oils to run vehicles.

Kanjini has also investigated several agricultural opportunities such as growing native fruits and pumpkin for seed oil (both of these are established local business wanting more produce).

We anticipate selling our surplus commercially including through farmers’ markets and food networks.  We will be looking to value add by drying, preserving, distilling, brewing and otherwise processing our produce.   Aquaculture will be practised both in our large dams as well as in smaller integrated systems incorporating algae, worms and vegetables. We are also committed to forestry both for long term timber production as well as for carbon sequestration.

If I can pay a deposit for a Full Membership now do I have to pay interest on the remaining share capital?
Kanjini Co-Op will not charge any interest on outstanding amounts of share capital until we purchase a property. 
In fact any interest earned on all share capital (including deposits) until we purchase a property will be returned to the shareholders.

WhyWinter Vegetables so many types of shares?
The short answer is to provide more flexibility.
We deliberated, discussed and debated the Share Structure for over a year until we arrived at the final decision, which recognises that any successful project requires people with money and people with energy (and not everyone can provide both at the same time).
The reason we have a tiered share structure is:

    ·        to allow people who are very interested and have lots of energy to contribute, but do not have sufficient funds to commit to a Full Membership, hence the Introductory Share

    ·        Foundation Shares were created to reward the early members, which put their money on the table before we have the land and also to ensure the basic integrity of the co-op remains intact

    ·        Investment Shares are to allow for people with more money to invest in Kanjini Co-Op.

The Introductory membership allows for people to join Kanjini Co-Op for a period of 3 years (after which their Introductory Share capital can be allocated towards a Full Membership  or if they choose to not continue with Kanjini, they still have had a wonderful experience and have enjoyed reduced rent and the benefits of being part of Kanjini Co-Op. This class of share is for people who intend to acquire, but do not have the deposit for a full share and are willing to work towards that aim. This share allows for a broader group of people, experiences and input and also allows these type of members to experience first hand the vision of Kanjini Co-Op.

We created Foundation Shares (only
11 available) to acknowledge the vitally important contribution in forming the cooperative. Foundation shareholders will receive non-specific bonus shares to the value of 15% of the part of their share that is paid up within three weeks of the acceptance of their membership application (these bonus shares will be allocated only once the Co-Op has sufficient profits to do so).
The prior approval in writing by at least 72% of active members who hold a foundation share is required before the board can seek the Registrar’s approval of draft documents for a change of rules, winding up, takeover or merger of the cooperative. This decision ensures that no matter how many members there are in 10 or 50 years, the rules of the co-op cannot easily be changed by newcomers alone.

The Investment Shares are for Full Members who wish to invest further in Kanjini Co-Op. These Investment Shares can be project targeted, non-specific or self interest.

Heart and Minds Meetings

Rainbow Lorikeet on Grevillea FlowerThese are informal gatherings held on the last Saturday of each month, designed to get to know each other better, introduce new interested people and advance the vision.
These meetings alternate between Cairns and Koah and allow for space to meet and greet and get to know each other, questions and answers, discussions, planning and lots of laughter and whatever else we decide to do together.
The next Hearts & Minds Meetings will be at:
11 Fulton Close Whitfield on Saturday 27th March 2010  AND then at 303 Koah Road Koah on Saturday 24th April 2010 11am-5pm. Please bring a plate to share for lunch. Please RSVP to 07-40320795 or 0417193898 or by replying to this email.

At our last meeting we enjoyed constructive planning discussions and we all contributed to planting some native bushes at Svargo's Koah property. Both activities are valuable experiences for cooperative living and much fun is had by all. We planted native plants that are bird, bee and butterfly food and which are also plants we can propagate easily ourselves....  Always planning ahead are the gardeners :)   Kanjini Co-Op Plant Nursery, ready for our own gardens and orchards is growing daily under Shiralee's caring watch with people continuing to donate fruit seeds. Others have offered access to their established orchards for marcotting. Together we shall create abundant food forests!  So please consider to join us at our next Hearts and Minds meeting on Saturday 24th April 2010 11am-5pm and help to manifest the Kanjini Co-Op Vision! The more the merrier

Directors Meetings
These are our formal Co-Op meetings. All interested persons are invited to attend our monthly directors meetings (however only directors may vote).
They are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. 6pm for 6.30 dinner, meeting starts at 7pm (next Directors Meeting will be held at 303 Koah Road in Koah on 14th April 2010).
Please bring a plate to share.  Please RSVP to 07-40937755 or 07-40320795 or 0417193898 or by replying to this email.


At our last two Hearts and Minds Meetings we continue with planning of how we want Kanjini Co-Op to look like.
We decided to break the development of our vision into the following three stages:

Stage 1 ~ up to 20 residents + 30 visitors
Stage 2 ~ up to 40 residents + 50 visitors - recreational centre and triple agricultural area
Stage 3 ~ up to 100 residents + 200 visitors - totally self sufficient for energy

Kanjini Foundation MembersStage One has been broken it into various portfolios to collect more information on options and pricing.
Members, potential members and volunteers have committed to the various portfolios. We had a lot of fun dividing these! We also discussed the many possibilities for acquiring the skills and expertise needed for our Submission to Council.

Planning Portfolios
Svargo ~ Sewage, Electricity, small tractor with bucket and PTO for slasher, plough, ripper, pipe laying etc
Rafeek ~Cool-room for kitchen & produce, individual refrigerated spaces, large chest freezer, drinking water storage and aqua centre/swimming /hydrotherapy pool
Bob ~Camping area, Buildings-10 dormitory beds, 4 individual rooms, 3 double rooms, 10 individual huts, office,10 space carpark, emergency vehicle access/walk/bike-ways, bike parking spaces
Deb ~ Amenities for +50 people (incl for disabilities), clothes drying room
Emily ~ Irrigation water facilities for 30-40 acres orchards and vegetable & herb gardens, Tree buffer area to hide unsightly equipment/vehicle cover
Kevin ~ 200m2 workshop shed, undercover carport
Shiralee ~ Commercial-grade kitchen to serve + 50, space for dinners and communal space for +50 people

We also spent a fair bit of time identifying what we need to create during the first stage and identified the following General Planning Considerations:

  • There is an advantage of living close and sharing resources rather than everyone having their own house with all amenities.
  • One big roof is cheaper than several smaller ones
  • At the beginning we start with a dense small development but allow in our planning for expansion and a more spread development later on
  • Final planning depends on lay of the land, but we can plan a lot of things without knowing the land
  • Design so noisier spaces are downwind
  • The main building is the hub of activity and to be built first
  • Walking distance between huts and hub
  • Design for a central 'village square'
  • Set up a quarantine areas for animals and plants, limit car movement and ensure heavy machinery is clean, to prevent invasive species coming in
  • Plan to minimise light pollution, so we can enjoy clear skies

If you have skills or experience and/or technical drawing skills in any of the above areas or just want to help with ideas or planning then please do contact us.  
All suggestions and input are warmly welcomed.

We will continue this planning process at our next Hearts and Minds Meeting on Saturday 24th April 2010 11am-5pm at11 Fulton Close Whitfield.
If you are unable to physically attend the meetings but would like to contribute please call
Shiralee on 07-40320795 or 041719389 so we can arrange for you to participate via SKYPE or phone.

Kanjini Foundation MembersQUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.
If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.
On the contrary, If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning." (Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948

This is it from us until the next newsletter .....
The Kanjini Co-Op team

We wish that our dream of enough people pooling their money to buy a stunning piece of land will become a reality soon and we wish you Love and Light and Many Blessing of a Prosperity and Excellent Health.


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