Year of change a chal­lenge

Countryman - - WOOL -

An­other year gone, and what a year it has been for WAFarm­ers.

We’ve had some sig­nif­i­cant change through­out the year in all as­pects of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

March was a par­tic­u­larly busy month for us, with our fan­tas­tic an­nual con­fer­ence fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by a State elec­tion. The elec­tion saw a change of gov­ern­ment and a new min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture.

A new gov­ern­ment of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress a range of unat­tended and on­go­ing State is­sues and reg­u­la­tions. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the State Gov­ern­ment to en­sure the WAFarm­ers per­spec­tive and those of our mem­bers are un­der­stood.

In terms of ad­vo­cacy, the team has once again worked hard to achieve the best out­comes for our mem­bers.

This year we’ve had nu­mer­ous wins, in­clud­ing:

The dis­clo­sure of grain stocks data. Prevent­ing the forced in­dus­try exit of some of the state’s dairy farm­ers.

The ACCC’s de­ci­sion not to de­clare mo­bile do­mes­tic roam­ing across Aus­tralia.

De­vel­op­ment of a new live ex­port fa­cil­ity in Port Hed­land.

In­tro­duc­tion of a Cer­tifi­cate III in Bee­keep­ing, to start early next year.

The pre­ven­tion of the ax­ing of one of the RAC Res­cue Heli­copters.

The suc­cess­ful trial of the Har­vest Mass Man­age­ment Scheme, al­low­ing farm­ers to travel off the RAV net­work un­der cer­tain con­di­tions dur­ing har­vest.

There are still many on­go­ing is­sues that we’re in­volved in, in­clud­ing biose­cu­rity is­sues, fund­ing and man­age­ment of gov­ern­ment depart­ment ser­vices, the main­te­nance and fund­ing for the State Bar­rier Fence, tow­ing of agri­cul­tural im­ple­ments, first and last-mile road ac­cess, the es­tab­lish­ment of a ru­ral fire ser­vice, the strength­en­ing of agri­cul­tural oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the LPA pro­gram, ac­cess to re­li­able telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, de­vel­op­ment of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, the es­tab­lish­ment of the pro­posed grains R&D In­sti­tute, and in­volve­ment in a num­ber of stan­dards, chem­i­cal and biose­cu­rity re­views. We will con­tinue to take a lead role on these is­sues and many oth­ers in 2018.

WAFarm­er­sFirst eggs joined our milk prod­uct in the re­tail mar­ket in March. It is prov­ing to be well re­ceived and is mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to our con­sumer pro­file and as an­other in­come source for WAFarm­ers.

Both prod­ucts were fea­tured in the dessert course at Heart of WA in Septem­ber, which ex­pe­ri­enced record at­ten­dance. It was a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate agri­cul­ture in WA and I would en­cour­age as many mem­bers as pos­si­ble to try to get to this event next year, which is sched­uled for Septem­ber 1 at Crown Perth.

In­ter­nally, we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced some sig­nif­i­cant change. In ad­di­tion to mov­ing of­fice from Guild­ford to Bel­mont and shar­ing our new space with Perth NRM, we wel­comed new staff and said farewell to oth­ers, in­clud­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Brown. In Oc­to­ber, we wel­comed Trent Kensett-Smith as our new CEO and I look for­ward to work­ing along­side him and the rest of the WAFarm­ers team as we con­tinue to work to­wards bet­ter out­comes for our mem­bers.

I would like to thank the WAFarm­ers staff, all of whom have worked tire­lessly and will­ingly car­ried ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties dur­ing the year.

Thank you also to our val­ued part­ners and spon­sors, which are in­te­gral to the ad­vo­cacy process.

Fi­nally, thank you to our mem­bers, who have con­tin­ued to show us great sup­port through­out the year.

We look for­ward to see­ing you at the WAFarm­ers An­nual Con­fer­ence: Vi­tal­ity 2018 on March 1-2 at Pan Pa­cific Perth.

It prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic event that will recog­nise the in­dus­try’s ever-in­creas­ing strength, and cel­e­brate the lo­cal farm­ers that fos­ter life and cre­ate pro­duce that keeps con­sumers from around the state, coun­try and be­yond fed and wa­tered.

Thank you once again for your sup­port.

Wish­ing you and your fam­i­lies a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. Farm­ers and mem­bers of the public are in­vited to at­tend the fol­low­ing up­com­ing events.

Clos­ing noon, Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22 Re-open­ing 8.30am, Tues­day, Jan­uary 2, 2018

7pm on­wards, Satur­day, Jan­uary 20, 2018

Bells Func­tions (Up­per Level Pier 3, Barack Street Jetty)

10am–noon, Tues­day, Jan­uary 30, 2018

RSM Bus­sel­ton (Unit 2/2 Fair­bairn Road, Bus­sel­ton)

5.30-9pm, Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, 2018

Com­mer­cial Ho­tel (118 Al­bany High­way, Ko­jonup)

Thurs­day, March 1-Fri­day, March 2, 2018

Pan Pa­cific Perth (207 Ade­laide Ter­race, Perth)

Noon–4pm, Fri­day, March 16, 2018 DPIRD Northam (75 York Road, Northam)

For more in­for­ma­tion on any of these events or to reg­is­ter, con­tact WAFarm­ers on 9486 2100 or re­cep­tion@wafarm­ Al­ter­na­tively, visit the web­site at www.wafarm­

Pic­tures: Aaron Ver­yard of ASV Pho­to­graph­ics

WAFarm­ers Pres­i­dent Tony York

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