Sunrise Cases

Three co-operatives illustrate the diversity and innovative application of the CME business model to sunrise industries in renewable energy, water infrastructure and professional services.

Hepburn Wind Park Co-operative is an energy co-operative established in 2007. It is located near the town of Daylesford approximately 100 kilometres north west of Melbourne. The co-operative manages a 4.1MW wind farm with two wind-turbines, that generate power to service the needs of more than 2000 homes. The co-operative is governed by a board of seven volunteer directors.

The Pioneer Valley Water Co-operative Ltd (PVWater) is a not-for-profit business located in North Queensland near the coastal city of Mackay. It is a service provider that distributes water for irrigation purposes to 200 members, and 50 non-members, located throughout the Pioneer Valley catchment. It is one of at least 36 water or irrigation co-operatives currently operating in Australia.

ArchiTeam is a shared services co-operative headquartered in Victoria, and also registered in Queensland, that aims to be the leading representative of small, independent architecture practices across Australia. Founded in 1991, ArchiTeam now has more than 500 members and is a major advocacy group for the small architectural practices. The co-operative’s focus is on supporting the common good of all its members and is run “by the members for the members”.