CO-OP AGM Sat Nov 17th


CO-OP AGM Sat Nov 17th
16th November, 2012

We know there is a bit of stiff competition this weekend but if there is any room in your day:

Please join us for the

Co-op AGM

followed by tea and cakes afterwards



24th October, 2012

CO-OP CLOSED FOR MAKEOVER 5th & 6th Nov 2012
18th October, 2012

We thought it was high time the Co-op had a face lift. We know you love it just the way it is but we hope you’ll love it even more when we give it a paint job and put in some new shelving and BPA free dispensers.

There was talk a few years ago of the Co-op moving to something a bit more spacious but having staked out the entire town, we’ve come to the conclusion that there is only a couple of sites that could be suitable, none of which is available right now. So we’ve decided to make the absolute best of what we already have by maximising our available space.

We’re planning the refurbishment of the Co-op in two stages in order to minimise the disruption for our shoppers. We will be closing for two days on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th November to carry out the first stage. This will involve  the refurbishment of the dry bulk food area including a separate gluten free area, a paint job to the entire shop and the installation of new signage. Sometime next year we plan to complete the second stage which will include new fridges and reorganisation of the wet area.

We know that change can be a bit disconcerting so when we re-open on Wednesday November 7th we’ll have extra staff on hand to show you around and help you find your favourite products.

This is going to be a huge job and we’ll need all the help we can get both in the week leading up to the refit and on the days we’re closing. If you are a member and you would like to come and volunteer some time during the refit or the week before, please put your name down with staff at the counter.

10th October, 2012

In May of 2012, world-famous physician Dr Helen Caldicott travelled to Katoomba to speak to Co-op members on the crucial subject of “Is Food From Japan Safe Post Fukushima?” A video of Dr Caldicott’s address was shot by Rushan Dissanayake and Atilla Tugcu of Legacy Productions, and clips are posted here for the information of members.

The Co-op has begun commissioning formal testing of foods from Japan for any radioactivity, and ongoing results will be displayed here too.

The Board’s intention is that after a period of further information and discussion on this issue, how we should respond to it will be put to an online poll of members.

3rd October, 2012

Whats new for local produce?



After a long period of citrus and the rare green leafy matter, the warm spell has made local gardens and suppliers burst with fresh loveliness.
So what has been seen of late on the local shelf?


4th July, 2012

Physician and environmentalist Dr Helen Caldicott says Australians should beware of buying any food products from Japan, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Nobel-prize nominated Australian physician made the comment at a public meeting in Katoomba (on 30 May 2012) organised by the Blue Mountains Food Co-op. She said the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima and subsequent explosions at the plant had resulted in the release of massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and ocean, even far greater than released in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The accident was rated two and a half to five times worse than Chernobyl, making Fukushima the worst industrial accident of all time. Of particular relevance to Australians is that the uranium in the Fukushima plant came from Australia, she said.

Radioactive elements such as iodine, caesium and strontium had been released into the food chain across Japan, and were being circulated by wind and rain and then concentrated in the food chain. Elevated levels of radioactivity had been found in food products from as far south as Okinawa, she said. As well, products from less contaminated regions were being mixed with more contaminated ones, so that consumers had no idea how dangerous foods from any part of Japan might be.

“Once radioactive elements enter the body, you can’t get rid of them, and they can trigger mutations that lead to cancer, over a time scale from two up to 70 years.”

Many foods from Japan are popular with Australian consumers, and are on many supermarket shelves. These include rice, shitake mushrooms, green tea, soy milk, soy sauces, miso, udon and soba noodles, nori and other foods from the sea.

She said fish were at particular risk, with reports of contaminated tuna being caught as far away as the coast of California. While the northern and southern hemispheres have separate air circulatory systems, that is not the case with the oceans, she said, and contaminated fish could migrate throughout the Pacific, including to Australia.

Dr Caldicott also warned that foods from many parts of Europe were contaminated still from the Chernobyl disaster – and would continue to be so for hundreds of years.

“In Germany there are wild boar so contaminated they almost glow in the dark, and have to be disposed of like nuclear waste,” she said.

“The safest solution for Australian consumers is to buy foods grown in Australia.”

By Larry Buttrose

9th May, 2012


There are two types of local produce sold at the co-op. Both are labelled with the producers name and where it was grown. The first type is labelled ‘certified organic’ and is sourced from people like Lin’s from Windsor and David’s and Ross’s from Bathurst. The other type are surplus harvests from our members gardens and trees.

Just because an item is labelled ‘local produce’ does not mean it has to come from Katoomba. Our members range far and wide and the produce is always labelled with the place of origin. This means that you can shop as ‘local’ as you like, while giving us a larger range of available produce then what can be sourced seasonally in the Blue Mountains growing region.


27th April, 2012

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