Case study: FoodWorks Goondiwindi

Built environment Energy Darling Downs South West

Goondiwindi FoodWorks is a community cooperative with over 3000 members and has been operating for over 70 years.

The cooperative has undertaken energy audits to reduce its energy consumption by 16.4%, equivalent to an 11.4% cost reduction. This has been achieved through installation of a 97.45kW roof top solar system and rationalisation of refrigeration and lighting.

They have introduced waste management initiatives that range from reduced packaging, improved recycling and beneficial reuse of organics at local farms.

The cooperative also prioritises local sourcing of pork, lamb, beef, fruit and vegetables, thus reducing food miles.

As a result of these initiatives, Goondiwindi FoodWorks has earned the title of ecoBiz Energy Star partnership.

This case study is part of a series of case studies that have been developed as part of the Queensland Communities in Transition project. It was prepared by The Ecoefficiency Group as part of the Clean Growth Choices Consortium with funding from Queensland Department of Environment and Science.