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Welcome to the first Newswire for 2017!
The new year brings a number of exciting changes and opportunities for the Grower Group Alliance. Last year was the first 12 months of the successful new GGA project which delivered some fantastic events such as governance training workshops and the Annual Forum, while we also made progress in exploring the options for a sustainable GGA structure for the future.
After five years with the GGA, we said a very sad farewell to Rebecca Wallis who has left for some exciting life adventures. We wish her all the very best in her future endeavours and know we will see Rebecca play a role in the industry for many years to come.
We are excited to announce the appointment of Annabelle Bushell to the newly formed position of GGA Executive Officer. Annabelle brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on agricultural and NRM systems from around Australia and the globe, and we look forward to what she will bring to the Alliance in 2017 and beyond. At the same time, the GGA also welcomes new Administration Assistant, Madison George, to the team. Read more about the new team in the GGA News section below.
In the coming months, the GGA team will be out and about attending various events and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in our travels. Look out for the upcoming GGA Regional Meetings in your area, as well as various training opportunities for groups in the near future.
2017 is set to be a big year for the GGA, with activities such as an Industry Linkages Forum to be held in May, an interstate study tour in June, the Annual Forum in August and the release of a number of case studies showcasing the wonderful things grower groups are doing around WA.
As always, feel free to contact us here at the GGA office if you have any questions, and we look forward to working with you all in the coming year!
- Sarah, Madi & Annabelle
WELCOME TO NEW GGA TEAM MEMBERS
The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) begins 2017 with the appointment of Annabelle Bushell into the newly created role of Executive Officer.
Working alongside Sarah Houston who has stepped into the GGA Project Leader role, Annabelle will be a key driver in securing a sustainable future for the GGA by 2019 while continuing the effective and valued work the Alliance continues to provide to its members.
Bringing more than 15 years of experience from the agricultural and natural resource management sectors from across Australia, Annabelle’s career has been underpinned by strong collaboration and partnerships from a diverse range of stakeholders, industry, and government as well as a Masters in local food production systems in Europe.
Click here to view the full media release on the announcement of Annabelle's position.
The GGA also appointed Madison George in the position of Administration Assistant in December 2016. Madi is currently studying her Master of Science in Dryland Agricultural Systems and is a great asset to our team, providing operational support and all round assistance to the GGA.
Annabelle and Madi are looking forward to connecting with the grower group network across the state over the coming months. Please make them feel welcome and feel free to contact Annabelle on T: 0427 992 945 , E: firstname.lastname@example.org, and Madi on T: (08) 6180 5759, E: email@example.com.
GGA REGIONAL MEETINGS
The GGA will be hosting their 2017 Regional Meetings series during February/March in Merredin, Katanning, Lake King and Geraldton. These meetings are a great way to connect grower groups and other industry stakeholders in each region to discuss regionally specific as well as general issues affecting grower groups.
This year our focus will be on exploring and sharing the different tools, tips and ideas that help your organisations operate effectively and efficiently, as well as the usual sharing of successes and future outlooks for groups in your region.
Group staff and committee are all welcome to attend, along with selected industry partners. Mark the date in your calendar and please feel free to forward this invitation on to any grower group contacts you think might be interested in attending.
- Merredin - Wednesday 15 February
- Katanning - Wednesday 15 March
- Lake King - Monday 20 March
- Geraldton - Thursday 30 March
GROWER GROUP GOVERNANCE TRAINING
Tuesday 14 March, Katanning
In collaboration with CBH, the GGA will again deliver governance training to grower groups in 2017. Facilitated by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the training covers governance essentials aimed at not-for-profit directors.
With a maximum of 25 participants from grower groups in the Great Southern region, groups will be able to nominate a up to 3 grower/committee members with placed offered on a first in first served basis.
More information will be available shortly. To express interest in advance please contact Sarah Houston, T: 6180 5759, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRDC GRAINS RESEARCH UPDATES
The 2017 GRDC Grains Research Update in Perth will consist of a two day program, with over 50 presenters showcasing the latest research, technology, market development and management innovations to improve the productivity and profitability of the WA grains industry.
Regional Updates will be held in Mingenew (Geraldton Zone), Kendenup (Albany Zone) and Merredin (Kwinana East Zone) in collaboration with local grower groups.
Click here to view programs, registration details and more information about the event, or contact Ian Longson, T: 08 6262 2128, E: email@example.com
UPCOMING GROWER GROUP EVENTS