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Our mission is to provide our community with healthy, ethical and progressive choices for personal, cultural and planetary wellbeing through the
practice and promotion of co-operative principles.

Welcome to the Maple Street Co-op

The Maple Street Co-op is a health food shop supplying local, organic, wholesome and ethical products while providing support and education to our members and the community.

We aim to promote healthy lifestyles by providing high-quality foods and products, created according to the principles of organic production, social ethics and environmental sensitivity, and making them available at a reasonable price to Co-op members and the community.

The Maple Street Co-op benefits the Maleny region as an employer, provider of locally produced fruit, vegetables and other products and services, and as a promoter of cooperative principles.

Maple Street Co-operative Board Report to Members

Dear Members,

Thanks for your support and input at our Listening Table and in our Member Forums. We have greatly appreciated your feedback and helpful suggestions. Thanks also to Sammy on her work for the Gala Garden Party and to all the volunteers who turned out on the day.  
You did a great job and your friendly enthusiasm brightened the day and the garden!

Budget 2016
The work of the Board this month has focused on developing the operational budget for the coming financial year and also on the audit preparations.  The Budget is based on a modest increase given the increasingly competitive market and we expect the Co-op to continue to show a healthy financial situation throughout the year.  Dorian will prepare a set of graphs to be included in the report to members for the AGM and we are grateful for his expertise and assistance.

Karen Syrmis is working on identifying new grants and other sources of income for both cooperatives but this, and special events, have not been included in our calculations as we are reasonably confident of being able to operate with the budget. 

Shop News
Our Manager, Coby, has arranged a regular Product Awareness Day to inform members of new lines and how to use special products.  We will also be informing members of specials through our email list, so if you aren’t receiving them, please let the staff know so we can be sure we have your correct contact details.

Thanks to Sue for her research on wholesale flour prices and companies. Coby reported that the new flour supplier is one of the very few Multi-certified Organic Mills in Australia and its grain products are guaranteed to comply with the highest international standards of organic certification.  We know this is important to our members and is a key consideration in our buying policy.

Thanks also to the staff who volunteered hours to us for the Caloundra show holiday. Our suppliers did very well in the fruit and veg section – as we might expect.

Looking for New Directors
Preparations have started for the next AGM in October when we will need to find a few new Directors. If you have skills or interest in finance, retail, governance, or cooperatives and would like to work in a consensus-based, team environment, please contact the secretary at secretary@maplestreetco-op.com or  identify yourself to one of our Directors at Friday’s Board Listening Table. See below for the schedule for the Board Listening Table as they are sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons. If you're interested, but want to know more about what Directors do, look out for our Directors Information meeting later this year. 

Renew Your Membership Now
Annual memberships are now due so please renew your subscriptions either in the store or on-line here.

The Autumn 2015 Co-op News

Welcome Cobi, Manager, Maple St Co-op

The Board is pleased to advise that, following a review of the structure, organisation and procedures of the Co-op, it has appointed Yacoba (Cobi) Verstraten as Manager of the Maple St Co-op. Cobi has been employed by the Co-op for 12 years. Starting as our cleaner, Cobi has proven her commitment to Co-operative principals, demonstrated a strong work ethic and capability. This led to her appointment as Store Manager 4 years ago.

The Management of the Co-op has been undertaken in the past by Alan Harrington and more recently Karen Syrmis. Under Karen’s stewardship many vital changes were made to the operations of the business. These very positive changes have led to the current state where an overseeing role is no longer required and we again thank Karen for her valued assistance to the Co-op.

On behalf of the Board and all members, I wish Cobi every success in her new role and we look forward to working with her into the future.

Chairman of the Board

Summer 2014 Newsletter:


Previous issues of the newsletter can be found here

The Consignors' Club

Would you like to join a loose group of people growing specialist produce for the Co-op?

The idea is that new (and old!) consignors work together to supply heirloom vegetables, give each other support and advice and, most importantly, schedule what's being grown to avoid a 'glut and drought' situation.

Heirloom vegetables are sought after - and this is where we will start.

There is also a demand for Rosellas and we might look at these as well.

Our meetings and advice could all be done on-line - which is not to say we won't meet for a coffee now and then. If you're interested contact me....sammy - at - ausbushfoods.com

The Children's Garden Grows

Dwarf fruit trees donated


The Sunshine Coast Regional Council have been very supportive of the Children’s Community Garden behind the Co-op,  donating mulch, signage and seedlings to the endeavour. Last week, Bruce Smith (Council’s Parks Community Partnership  Officer) put a smile on everyone’s face when he turned up with two trays of dwarf fruit trees.

 Kate Kazony, one of the driving forces behind the garden, was delighted.

Pictured, Garry Claridge, Kate Kazony and Bruce Smith from Council.  

                          Our Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Friday: 9:00am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Public Holidays: 9:00am to 4:00pm

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