15 June 2004





This message has been issued by The Co-operative Federation of Western Australia as part of its Member Services and Business Awareness programs.



Industry Reference Group


The following message is relayed on behalf of the Hon John Kobelke MLA, Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection.


John Carstairs

Council Chairman



“Dear Co-operative Federation Members,


Co-operatives have a long and proud history in Western Australia. The co-operative structure provides an opportunity for groups of people to work democratically together towards common interests and goals. Co-operatives have made substantial economic and social contributions to Western Australia, particularly in agricultural and regional areas. The challenges for co-operatives in the 21st century are greater than ever.


I have asked the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection to discuss the current legislative framework with representatives from the Federation in order to gain a better understanding of your needs. I encourage you to take the opportunity to talk to your Federation representatives to ensure your views are heard.


John Kobelke MLA

Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection”