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Social Enterprise Bus Tours

Social Enterprise Bus Tours

26 & 30 September (Brisbane, Logan, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba)

SEWF22 participants who attended the event in Brisbane were sure to come a day early and/or stay on so as not to miss the fantastic opportunity of touring local social enterprises with four options available. Spaces were limited and filled up quickly.

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The bus tours were joined by purpose-led founders, social business leaders and good people doing great things in the community, government and academia. Participants had a chance to hear from the founders of a range of social enterprises at various stages of development, saw what was happening on the ground, expanded their network and learned from others.

Brisbane (Tour A)

Brisbane has seen an exciting growth in the social enterprise movement in recent years. The Brisbane Social Enterprise Tour was held on Monday 26 September and explored a variety of exciting social enterprises that call the River City home.

Starting at Nundah Community Enterprise Co-Operative specifically Espresso Train Café. Then the tour travelled to HELP Enterprises for a tour of the factory and lunch at Fision Food Factory. After lunch, we discovered Australian Spatial Analytics as their world revolves around big data, and neurodiverse people are uniquely able to interpret its complexity. Followed up with a panel discussion around ‘Tech for Good’. This tour then stopped by Mu’ooze for afternoon tea and some words with the founder before dropping participants off back at BCEC.

Brisbane (Tour B)

Brisbane has seen an exciting growth in the social enterprise movement in recent years. The Brisbane Social Enterprise Tour was held on Monday 26 September and explored a variety of exciting social enterprises that call the River City home.

Our first stop was at Lovewell Project Café to ensure participants’ caffeine levels were satisfied accompanied by some words with the founder. Next stop at Mt Gravatt Tafe was to learn about the amazing opportunities Mantua Sewing Studio provides people with refugee and migrant backgrounds as well as Jigsaw which has revolutionised the way people with disability prepare for the workforce. Then we went onto the Food Connect Shed; home to over 20 good food organisations and businesses. After enjoying lunch and a tour of facilities the tour then proceeded to Bee One Third where they work with local beekeepers, and the surrounding community, to increase the local bee population. The final stop on this tour was Worlds Biggest Garage Sale for a tour of the factory floor and their impact within the community before heading back to BCEC.

Logan

The Logan Social Enterprise Tour (Monday 26 September) was an insightful day exploring a range of social enterprises across the region. Situated 30 minutes to the south of Brisbane, Logan is a melting pot of diverse social enterprises. This bus tour was proudly supported by Logan City Council.

Starting at Containers for Change, a new initiative of Substation 33, with a traditional Welcome to Country by Dreamtime Artistry before continuing to Substation 33. At this point in the tour Logan Mayor, Mayor Powers, joined guests over morning tea. Next stop was at Yourtown. Whilst learning about the impact of the organisation, participants could also check out their major landscaping and construction projects and all the action in their warehouse. Then it was back on the bus to head to the Centre for Women & Co for lunch by Blackout Catering. Here Stacey Ross from Women & Co hosted a panel discussion with Kim Rollason-Nokes (Ethni), Prof. Ingrid Burkett from the Yunus Centre, Tony Burns OAM from Multicap, Peter Harder from Joii and Mary Harm from Multilink. After some great discussions guests headed to the final stop, the Spirits of the Red Sand. 60,000 years in the making, and met the Aboriginal elders and mobs of this great Southern Queensland region as they embarked on an incredible cultural journey like no other. The perfect way to round out an inspiring day, as there was plenty to reflect on as the tour made it’s way back to the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Sunshine Coast 

The Sunshine Coast Social Enterprise Tour (Friday 30 September) was a great day out exploring a range of social enterprises located 90 minutes to the north of Brisbane. Not only is the Sunshine Coast host of some of the world’s best beaches, but recent years have seen the social enterprise ecosystem grow considerably.

The first stop on this tour was Galeru Forever Fruits powered by SevGen. A beautiful property that supplied native foods for SEWF22. This Indigenous-run organisation traditionally welcomed guests and facilitated a discussion with its founders. Followed by a tour of the property, performance and a native high tea full of native foods only found in Australia. Next stop was the beautiful community of Eumundi where guests dined at EATS restaurant, a social enterprise restaurant focused on empowering youth out of generational poverty through education, microfinancing opportunities and mentorship. Here they create ‘Meals that Matter’. And lastly, we jumped back on the bus to head to Noosa National Park Headland to visit Deadly Espresso’s unique location and to bring energy levels up for an Elder-guided short walk around the national park. We took the time to enjoy the view of this gorgeous land before heading back to Brisbane.

Toowoomba

At the Toowoomba Social Enterprise Tour (Friday 30 September), we headed two hours west to the Darling Downs, a beautiful region home to some of Australia’s leading social enterprises.

First stop was on the outskirts of Toowoomba was Anuha Services – Polynesian for peace or sanctuary. Here guests were able to learn how this organisation grew from an Activity Therapy Centre to the multi-faceted entity it is today, heading up projects including affordable housing, recycling and sustainability, and community access. The tour headed across to 2nd Shot Café for a coffee, brownie and a chat with the founders. After learning the B2C side of jobs-focused social enterprises we headed to Vanguard Laundry where we saw it on a B2B front. Then we headed a little deeper into the Australian bush to Berry Farm, home of The Karma Collective for lunch under the gums catered by the Catering People & Emerge. Here, we were joined by local farmer, Rick Cameron, who is a passionate advocate for remineralising food to restore health.

After guests were filled with good food and good conversation, Metiisto Artisan Chocolate had a stall onsite so participants could purchase hand-crafted chocolates that ethically sources cocoa from the Solomon Islands. Followed by a tour of The Karma Collective studio workshop, guests tried their hands at candle-pouring. We finished up with a tour of Berry Farm’s emerging food forest and permaculture patch. Taking a final moment to appreciate the land around, guests jumped back onto the bus one last time to head back to the tall buildings and bright lights of Brisbane City.

What did the ticket price include?

The ticket price ($85 AUD+booking fee) included transport, coffee, morning tea and lunch provided by local social enterprises.

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