Also see Homeleigh
Members and friends of the Victorian
Speleological Association formed the Rimstone Cooperative
Ltd. in 1974.
People have been interested in the caves
around Buchan for many years and had stayed at a variety of
locations throughout the area but never with a secure tenure. In 1974,
it appeared that the owner of the building that was then being used by
cavers for accommodation, the 'VSA Hut' was about to reclaim the land
to erect a new house. Many members of the VSA were prepared to put
money into the purchase of a place to stay, but were unwilling to
channel this money through the VSA which at the time was not a legal
entity. As a direct result, Rimstone Cooperative Ltd. was formed to be
the legal entity, required to support the endeavour.
Later in the same year, the Cooperative
commenced the purchase process of "Homeleigh", a former guesthouse and
the original Buchan Pub. The final payment was made about five years
later and funds raised from accommodation fees are
now channelled into maintenance and major
renovation projects aimed at improving facilities for both Rimstone
Cooperative Ltd. members and their guests.
The Rimstone Cooperative is a Community
Advancement Society registered under the Victorian Cooperative Act
1996. The society is run by a board of five directors, elected for two
years (in two groups) at the annual general meeting, usually held in
September or October each year.