It all started at the pub

The Riverine Herald - - BUSINESS AWARD 2017 -

IT WAS a cel­e­bra­tion of more than 1100 mem­bers when Water­pool Co-op took out the pro­fes­sional ser­vice award.

Like all good busi­nesses, Water­pool Co-op started at a pub.

It was founded in 2002 by half a dozen con­cerned ir­ri­ga­tors fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Water­move Pooled Wa­ter Ex­change.

Within the space of a month, the idea and con­cern trans­formed into a fully-op­er­a­tional, well-funded and mem­ber owned co-op­er­a­tive with 50 foun­da­tion mem­bers.

‘‘This is pretty ex­cit­ing,’’ mem­ber Peter Law­ford said.

‘‘We have a pretty in­ter­est­ing story and from our be­gin­nings, we now have in ex­cess of 1100 mem­bers and con­duct more than 2000 wa­ter trades each year.

‘‘This is for the mem­bers who drive our busi­ness.

‘‘Our or­gan­i­sa­tion is built around re­la­tion­ships and this award just re­in­forces our ded­i­ca­tion and will to suc­ceed.’’

Mr Law­ford said the award was sim­ply ‘‘re­ward for ef­fort’’. ‘‘This is for our mem­bers,’’ he said. ■ Fi­nal­ists were DWM So­lu­tions, In­fi­nesse, Rochester and Moama Den­tal and RPS.

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