About PinG WA.

Our Business

photoEach state is different and in WA, Partners in Grain provides events and workshops that provide targeted training specific to farming businesses and their associated communities. As PinG WA is not a commercial organisation we do not compete with services that are already available, our role is to provide services and opportunities that are not being delivered or are not available to rural WA.  Our coordinator and reference group act as support mechanisms to get professional development happening where and when it is required. Although PinG began as more of a women’s group it has evolved to encompass all members of the farming  business.

Check out our Strategic Plan to see what PinG WA are focussing on over the next few years.

Our Events

Since 2008 PinG WA have coordinated, sponsored or presented over 120 workshops or events. 1500 people (predominantly from farm businesses) have attended these workshops in more than 70 rural towns throughout the WA wheatbelt. PinG events have spanned from Condingup (80km East of Esperance in the south-east) to Boyup Brook in the south west, north to Binnu (70km north of Geraldton) and east to Southern Cross. Find out more about our events.

Our People

BACK: Gemma Walker, Natalie Hogg, Tracey Hobbs, Alison Cooke, Jules Alvaro, Julie Ramm. FRONT: Nicole Batten, Bronwyn Fox, Erin Green. ABSENT: Hayley Wandel

WA Coordinator – Erin Green

PinG WA is facilitated by a part time State Coordinator, Erin Green who took on the position in March 2013. Based in the rural community of Yuna, approximately 50km north east of Geraldton, Erin is part of a 8800ha  family farming business with her husband, Brady. Having grown up on a farm in WA’s central wheatbelt, graduated from Muresk Institute of Agriculture and been continually involved in the WA agriculture industry and rural communities, Erin has a solid understanding of rural WA, its strengths and challenges. Having participated in two of PinG’s earlier workshops Erin’s decision to join the PinG team was based on the opportunities that she sees PinG provide and the potential of what it can offer WA grain growers, and their associated regional communities, in the future. “As much as I enjoy living in a (very) small community I realise that it’s not always easy to access training and professional development opportunities. Limited numbers of participants and large distances usually work against us and make courses unaffordable, but hopefully the programs that PinG has can bring some opportunities your way, like it did for me.”

WA Sub Coordinator – Julie Alvaro

At the beginning of 2015 PinG WA was at the point of needing more staff to assist with coordinating the ever growing demand for workshops. Julie Alvaro, retired from the WA Reference Group to take on the position of WA Sub Coordinator. Julie farms with her husband Pep at Merredin, has a passion for bringing opportunities to rural communities, is a founding member of AWWE (Agricultural Women of the Wheatbelt East) and is extremely capable of juggling many responsibilities.

WA Reference Group

The main roles of WA Reference Group Members include:

  • Developing strategic direction for the PinG project in WA.
  • Identifying grower training requirements for your local area.
  • Assisting in developing the opportunity to deliver training programs in your area and across the state.
  • Working with industry partners to deliver appropriate skills workshops to local growers.

What do you get out of being on the Reference Group? See what one of our past members says.

The Group meets annually in person and communicates quarterly via teleconference, then regularly by email and telephone. When meeting in person, members convene at a central venue (generally Perth) with accommodation and travel expenses covered by PinG. Positions on the Reference Group are voluntary. Each year PinG WA holds its annual face-to-face meeting in March to discuss the year that’s been and plans for the year ahead. It’s generally a one day meeting covering all aspects of our business but is also a  rare and valued opportunity for members of the group to meet and get to know each other. In some instances, and when calendars permit, a second face-to-face is held mid year.

WA Reference Group Members:
Name Town Phone Email
Bronwyn Fox – Chair Dandaragan 0427 447 412 bronwynfox@westnet.com.au
Nicole Batten – Vice Chair Yuna 0429 311 040 jjnjbatten@bigpond.com
Alison Cooke Badgingarra 0419 442 996 alicooke@bigpond.com
Julie Ramm Dumbleyung 0429 642 014 rammfarming@bigpond.com
Natalie Hogg Williams 0408 923 766 nathogg@hotmail.com
Hayley Wandel Esperance 0427 753 043 mhwandel@bigpond.com
Tracey Hobbs Toodyay 0429 470 007 tracehobbs@hotmail.com
 Gemma Walker  Munglinup  0428 751 095 hamiltondowns@hotmail.com

If you are interested in joining the WA Reference Group please contact Erin.