Folk Art Cooperative Society Ltd was established in 1981 to provide a retain outlet service to the wider community for goods crafted, grown or produced by the members of the Cooperative. For many years it served as a trading Cooperative but in 2015, altered its status to a non-trading Cooperative and not-for-profit organisation.
Folk Art's premises are owned by the Cooperative and funding to meet operational costs (eg electricity, rates, phone) is secured through the commission charged on the sale of members goods. Administration charges are kept to a minimum, with all work being undertaken in a volunteer capacity. Our not-for-profit status has recently allowed us to secure some grants for the installation of solar panels on the roof of our building, a gaming grant to help fund repairs to the building, a remission on Council rates and the purchase of a lap top for the Secretary.
The Cooperative currently has a membership of 30 and welcomes additional volunteer help to serve customers. It currently serves as a host organisation for the Salvation Army's work for the dole program.
Members and volunteers welcome visits by bus groups and the strong support from our local and wider community.
Hours of operation are Mon to Thursday 9am to 4.30pm Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.