The Union Cooperative Society began in 1967 as an initiative of the working people of Queensland who had a vision to better their social and economic circumstances.
They believed that through cooperation and mutual support from the community, goods and services could be supplied at fair prices. In the early days of the Co-op such goods and services included groceries, furniture, white goods, petrol, and financial services. While the initiative was successful in providing for members, it also worked to build strong ties within the community. The Co-op provided space for entertainment and gatherings, as well as for discussion and debate of the pressing issues of the times.
From its beginnings to its present, the Co-op holds a strong association with the Queensland labour movement. The Co-op has been supported by the involvement of notable figures such as the late Senator George Georges, a man of incredible integrity and vigour, who lead the Co-op with his strong ethical stance and commitment to equality and community development.
In 1969 the Co-op purchased 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, which was the site of Brisbane’s first Cash and Carry. While the site has seen many metamorphoses, including workers clubs and community centres, every stage of its history held true to the Co-op’s values of community mindedness.
In 2004, the then Premier Peter Beattie opened the Co-op’s renovated 2L retail centre. Since then, 2L has been a home to long standing Paddington icons. As the Co-op moves into its next stage of development, these icons will transform with us and we will welcome some new faces. This next stage for 2L will go back to the heart of the Co-op. The development will represent the Co-op’s values of strong communities that support local people and live sustainably. We hope to inspire Paddington to work together and live together to reinstate a sense of cooperation.
For any enquiries, including membership please contact us via email or
call (07) 3369 3407.