A crowdfunding campaign has been launched in a bid to expand Thirroul’s Flame Tree Community Food Cooperative. And it needs community support.
Founded ten years ago, the co-op provides fresh, local, sustainable and organic produce to the Northern Illawarra community. It has been trading from its current site in Thirroul for 7 years. Now- they have to move.
This move is precipitated by a change in our current lease terms. The new premises (the old Aminya Spa site in little Thirroul) offers a larger space on more advantageous terms, which will ensure our not-for-profit business model will be more sustainable into the future.
Retail team leader Cath Blakey says the co-op has grown in both supply and demand so they need larger premises.
“Today, the co-op boasts more than 500 members and supports seven local vegetable growers, two egg-farmers, three dairies, three bakers and numerous other small makers of food and body products,” she says. “It’s time to expand. But we can’t do this unless we install a cool room, and that’s only possible if we move.”
Plans are afoot to take Flame Tree Co-op across Lawrence Hargrave Drive and set up in the now-vacant store near Cucina, with better customer parking and space for that badly-needed cool-room.
But the move is expected to cost $78,000- so they’re looking for help. They’ve launched a Pozible campaign that includes the opportunity to purchase a range of goods and services, with all money returned to the co-op. You can find out more HERE
The co-op has contacted local MPs in the hope they too will support this community initiative. Keira MP Ryan Park has already registered his support.