Welcome

The Canberra Organic Growers Society is a non-profit organisation that welcomes new members who want to be part of our activities promoting organic gardening knowledge and practices and our community gardens, or just want to support our work.

If you’d like to join COGS we have a full (1 or 2 adults with children) and concession (pension card, health care card and full-time students) membership available. Please see below for pricing and our membership form.

If your interest is in joining one of our twelve community gardens, you can indicate your preference in the Membership Form below. The COGS Membership Officer will forward advice of your interest to the Garden Convenor of the garden/s you nominate.   

Full Membership

Full membership includes 1 or 2 adults and their children who are under 18 years of age. The membership entitles the people on the membership to such benefits as may be decided upon by the COGS committee from time to time and include:

  • An allocated garden plot at a community garden between all participants on the one membership, where the definition of an allotment is decided by the relevant garden committee and is subject to availability.
    • There are waiting lists for plot allocations in most COGS Community Gardens. The Garden Convenors are responsible for maintaining waiting lists.
  • To receive one copy of any mailouts, including the Canberra Organic.
  • Each adult can vote at any COGS election.
  • Each adult has the right to hold any position on the COGS Committee if elected or co-opted to that position, as well as any garden committee (provided of course that they are plot holders at the garden) and any subcommittee.
  • Children under 18 years are part of a family membership if:
    • They are children of any adult listed on the membership,
    • however the adult on the membership is held accountable for the actions of the children and is responsible for ensuring that the children comply with the rules of COGS.

Concession Membership

Concession membership is available for pension card holders, health care card holders and full-time students. Where the membership includes two adults, both adults must be eligible for the concession and evidence must be provided for both. To apply for concessional membership, please send the membership secretary a photocopy of the relevant cards or documents.

Membership Fees

Memberships are for one year and start in August. Current members renew their membership each August. The table below shows the the annual fee amounts.

 FullConcession
 Annual Fee$35$25

Plot Fees

In addition to membership fees, members who take a plot in a COGS garden pay plot fees to cover water usage and other garden expenses. The fee for 2020/2021 is $4.20 per square metre per year. The COGS Committee review the fee each year.

Online Membership Form

You can complete the following online Membership Form to join COGS. You will be directed to register for an online account following the submission of the Membership Form.

Direct debit to cover the appropriate membership fees is the preferred payment method. A payment receipt must be attached to your completed, signed application.

    TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP


    Concession fees are available to individuals who are Government Healthcare Card holders, Concession Card-holders or full-time students and to families when both adults are concession card-holders. Copy of concession card must be uploaded with this form.
    A Family membership comprises two adults in the same household at the same address.

    PRIMARY MEMBER

    Given Name/Surname*:





    SECONDARY MEMBER (Family Membership)

    Given Name/Surname:


    VOLUNTEERING

    COGS is a volunteer organisation and relies on volunteers for its continued operation. In which areas would you be prepared
    to volunteer time and skills?

    'CANBERRA ORGANIC' MAGAZINE

    Please indicate your preferred method of delivery

    COMMUNITY GARDEN - Expression of Interest

    Which garden(s) do you have an interest in as a plot-holder applicant?


    PAYMENT

    Direct Deposit

    This is the preferred payment method. Use your surname as a reference. Proof of payment (copy of receipt) must accompany this application.
    Account Name: Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc
    BSB: 032-719
    Account No: 291247
    Attach Payment Receipt:
    Payment for membership has been made:
    Receipt Number:

    PROOF OF CONCESSION ELIGIBILITY

    Concession fees are available to individuals who are Government Healthcare Card holders, Concession Cardholders or full-time students and to families when both adults are concession card-holders. Supporting evidence must be provided. Please attach a scanned copy or photograph of eligible concession card.

    MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT

    By submitting this form, I/we agree to comply with the COGS Constitution, including the General Community Garden Rules. By accepting on behalf of an Additional Member, I acknowledge that the Additional Member will also comply.


    Download Membership Form

    You may also download and complete a COGS Membership Form and return the completed, signed application by:

    Email to (scanned as an attachment) members@cogs.asn.au

    or

    Mail to
    Membership Secretary COGS
    P.O. Box 347
    Dickson ACT 2602

    If you have an urgent enquiry, please email members@cogs.asn.au for assistance.

    Privacy: COGS collects and uses your personal information for membership and plot allocation administration, magazine delivery, and to provide you with information. We will not disclose your data to external parties without your consent.