About PinG WA.

Our Business

photoEach state is different, Partners in Grain WA 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 – Hellene McTaggart

PinG WA is facilitated by a part time State Coordinator, Hellene McTaggart who took over the position from Erin Green in February 2017. Based in the rural community of Mingenew, approximately 100km south east of Geraldton, Hellene is part of a family farming business with her husband, Ben.

Board of Management

The main roles of PinG WA Board include:

  • Developing strategic direction for PinG 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 WA. Positions on the Board 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
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
Jules Alvaro Merredin 0429 141 668 julpep@bigpond.com

If you are interested in joining the PinG WA Board please contact Hellene.