The Co-operative

The Co-operative

Value Statement

The Blue Mountains Food Co-op is a member-owned not for profit organisation. We value community, respect the environment and promote equality and social responsibility.

We seek to provide an accessible and welcoming shopping environment, and share information to help members and the broader community make informed choices about what they eat and how they live.

Our Commitment

  1. Sustainability
  • Selling and promoting high quality organic and sustainably sourced food and other environmentally friendly products that don’t cost the earth.
  • Dispensing produce in bulk, wherever possible and practical and purchasing Australian goods if these are available at a similar quality and price, in preference to imported goods.
  • Encouraging the re-use of bottles, jars, paper and plastic bags
  • Encouraging the local production and distribution of organically grown fruit and vegetables.
  1. Community Education and Involvement
  • Providing educational initiatives to share knowledge in our community about food, wellbeing, environmental sustainability and edible gardening.
  • Donating 10% of our annual net surplus to food related and social justice projects.
  • Being community owned and managed and encouraging active community and membership participation in the running of the shop.
  1. Fairness
  • Pursuing worker satisfaction, initiative, collaboration and growth
  • Keeping prices as low as possible whilst ensuring that the Co-op can adequately pay fair wages to its staff and to allow funds for future improvements and growth.

How is the Co-op Run?

The Co-op is governed by a voluntary Board made up of directors who are elected annually by members. We hold Board meetings on the third Tuesday of every month and all members are welcome to attend. The Co-op manager and a paid team of dedicated staff are responsible for the running of the shop on a day-to-day basis.

What is a Co-op?

Generally a co-operative business belongs to the people who use it – people who have come together to provide themselves with the goods and services they need. The co-operative model of enterprise can be applied to any business activity.

Because co-operatives are owned and democratically controlled by their members, the decisions taken by co-operatives balance the need for profitability with the needs of their members and the wider interests of the community. Members have a say in how the business is run through active participation in their cooperative.

Members can ensure that their cooperative business provides the best quality products and services at the lowest possible cost, within an ethical framework that members agree on.

International Co-op Values

Co-ops are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. We believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

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Ha'Penny Lane, Katoomba View Map

opening hours

  • day
  • open
  • close
  • Monday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Tuesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Wednesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Thursday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Friday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Saturday
  • 8.30am
  • 5pm
  • Sunday
  • 10am
  • 4.30pm

Stock deliveries

  • day
  • Delivery
  • Monday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Tuesday
  • Bread
  • Wednesday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Thursday
  • Fridge Goods, Sol Bread
  • Friday
  • Fruit & Vegetables

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