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June 2016
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Limited Workshop Opportunities  - Get in quick!!

5 workshops are currently open for registrations.
Being a Better Boss: Managing People (HR) Workshops 
Have you thought about where you'll find your casual staff for harvest and what to include in the package to attract and induct them?
Kulin - June 27
Hyden - July 21
Cranbrook - July 25

Farm Office Efficiencies Workshops 
Is the time spent in your office productive and your filing system simple but effective?
Cranbrook - June 28
Bruce Rock - July 26

Being a Better Boss: Legal Obligations (IR) Workshops 
Are you sure you're employing staff under the contract Award and meeting the hourly rate requirements?

Technology, Tablets & Tips Workshops 
Are there better ways to use your tablet and smart phones to share tasks and recording with your team? 
This workshop is being updated and should be available for delivery early 2017.

For full details and to secure your place, go to the WA Events page of the Partners in Grain website. Numbers are limited for each workshop.

These are all GRDC developed workshops with delivery funded & subsidised by Partners in Grain. Unfortunately PinG does not have the funds to deliver any more workshops in 2016.

If you would like to see a workshop held in your area in 2017, please let us know so we can add your town to the list of tentative locations and seek funding support.

A minimum of 8 farm businesses is required for any workshop.




Held in Perth on the 6 & 7 April, PinG WA's INSPIRE Summit was a sell out success and a celebration event.
"Well done on such an incredible summit! Everyone I have spoken to was just buzzing from the experience – and were blown away by the speakers and content of the sessions."

INSPIRE was an advanced business skills summit for women of WA farm businesses.

The Summit was only open to growers, sponsors and speakers. As demand exceeded our expectations grower registrations grew from our original cap of 100 to the venue's maximum capacity of 130 (plus 30 speakers and sponsors).

Rabobank came on board as the Summit Partner. Planfarm, RSM and DAFWA were Summit Sponsors, whilst Telstra was an In-kind Sponsor. We received GRDC project funding and CBH Grass Roots fund sponsored the Sundowner.

The atmosphere was buzzing for the entire 2 days as participants relished the opportunity to learn from fellow growers, to question industry professionals and to network with like-minded women from across the state.

Standout sessions included the grower-lead concurrent sessions, an industry expertise panel session presenting on "key advice I wish my clients would take on board" and the all inspiring life coach Shannah Kennedy who brought the crowd back to realising the importance of taking time to 'breathe' and looking after self.

As the Summit progressed, overall themes emerged:
  • Every business is different, but every business needs to know its structure, understand its numbers and be open to new ideas. We can all learn from other businesses.
  • Communication is key to business and family success
  • Planning business and personal goals is vital (& need to be communicated & documented)
  • People are our greatest asset. Sharing management responsibilities, valuing everyone's position & personality in the business, investing in our human assets reaps rewards.
  • Agriculture has a bright future. A lot of people are doing a great job running their business and we have passionate youth who are eager "agvocates". Growers should be proud of what they do and how they contribute to a global industry.
  • Networking is free but extremely valuable. Talking to peers, asking questions, sharing your knowledge and experiences is something that comes back ten-fold. "help others, help yourself".

Following on from the evaluations feedback, PinG WA will be looking to run INSPIRE bi-annually.
"I can't thank you and the rest of the PinG team enough for the opportunity! I thoroughly enjoyed the summit and left feeling incredibly inspired by each and every one of the women attending."
See the full gallery of pics from INSPIRE on our website.
The WA Reference Group at the INSPIRE Summit.
BACK L-R: Gemma Walker, Natalie Hogg, Tracey Hobbs, Ali Cooke, Jules Alvaro (Sub-Coordinator), Julie Ramm.
FRONT L-R: Nicole Batten (National Vice Chair), Bronwyn Fox (WA Chair), Erin Green (Coordinator).
ABSENT: Hayley Wandel

Inside PinG

Changing of the Chairs

Dandaragan grower Bronwyn Fox has recently stepped up and taken on the WA Chairperson role from Nicole Batten of Yuna.

Bronwyn has been on the WA Reference Group for 3 years. She farms with her husband's family, is a mum of 3, active community member, past West Midlands Group Executive Officer and also manages to fit in time for her own strategic and business planning consultancy.

A huge thankyou must go to Nicole. In her time as WA Chair she has guided PinG WA from a DAFWA based project into an independent not-for-profit organisation. Nicole's skills in maximising the potential of opportunities and creating collaborative partnerships has been a driving force in the success of PinG in recent years.

Ready for a new challenge, Nicole will become the national Chairperson at the upcoming AGM in August. It's going to be great to have two skilled and enthusiastic dynamos at the helm.


National PinG meet in Adelaide

Last month all PinG State Coordinators, State Chairs and the National Executive headed to Adelaide for Partners in Grain's annual national Face-to-Face meeting.

Erin Green (WA Coordinator) and Bronwyn Fox (WA Chair) attended on behalf of WA. Nicole Batten also travelled from WA, but attended as the National Vice-Chair (taking over as Chair in August).

Held over two days, the meeting presents the opportunity for states to learn from each other, share initiatives and strengthen the network as a national organisation.

Key learnings this year included:
  • Key to PinG's success is that each state operates very independently but with the same core goals of "providing locally relevant professional development opportunities".
  • A number of states are considering hosting an event similar to WA's INSPIRE Summit.
  • Input from State Reference Group members and local growers is pivotal to developing valued training initiatives.
  • As a not-for-profit organisation it is becoming increasingly difficult to access national funding for new and existing programs. The value or partnerships and collaboration cannot be underestimated, particularly when it comes to getting programs on the ground.

Outgoing and incoming National Chairs, Sharon Honner (SA) and Nicole Batten (WA) test their cooking skills in the Sprout kitchen. Thanks to Rabobank for their support of the evening.

Beyond PinG: other opportunities

Here's a couple of other snippets and opportunities you may be interested in. These are not associated with PinG, so please follow the link and contact the organisation directly.


10thousandgirl: 6 week Money Makeover Program

Scholarships available.

Webinar program starting Monday 20 June.
Normally $149. With a scholarship, register for $30 (including materials).

The course is run by a fun little not for profit organisation called 

"our aim is to make life planning and personal finance fun, social and totally life-changing. It's all about learning the life and finance skills we all need to know but so often didn't learn at home or at school"

If you sign up, each week you’ll emailed some learning resources and each Monday night you can participate in a live online webinar from 7.30-8.30pm (AEST). If you can’t make the live webinars you are sent the recording to do the program in your own time.

You’ll receive 12 months access to all the 10thousandgirl member learning resources.

The learning outcomes are:
  • Set inspiring personal and financial goals
  • Set up an awesome day-to-day money management system
  • Learn how to decrease personal debt and/or increase saving levels
  • Review your insurances and plan for an emergency buffer
  • Talk about wills and estate planning 
  • Understand some key investing principles
  • Review your superannuation and learn ways to improve your retirement savings
  • Explore the opportunities that come with property investing
  • Learn more about how the stock market works and ways to invest in shares
  • Understand tax basics when it comes to investing
  • Build your personal and professional support network
  • Establish healthy money habits and complete the course with a refreshed and optimistic mindset about your financial future.
The course is normally $149 but with a scholarship you only need to pay $30 for all the materials and the 6 week course.
Use the code 100PING 
to register via this link
PS If the registration link doesn’t work, please paste this URL into your browser and enter your promo code:

Note from PinG: this program focuses on personal finances, not farm business finances.

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GRDC RCSN Open Meetings

GRDC's Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) open meetings are about to begin in all port zones. Check out the RCSN website for details.
Note from PinG: This is your opportunity to highlight local needs for training opportunities and research programs. 


Get social with PinG WA

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Partners in Grain (PinG) is an Australia-wide not for profit organisation that aims to build the capacity of the West Australian grains industry by facilitating professional development opportunities for everyone within the on-farm business unit.
PinG was launched in 2001 and operates via reference groups. PinG has a project that is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. PinG is also sponsored by industry organisations.

PinG WA Coordinator:
Erin Green
Phone: 0429 108 936 
Post: PO Box 27, Nabawa WA, 6532            


PinG WA Sub Coordinator:
Julie Alvaro


State Reference Group:
Partners in Grain WA could not do what it does without the direction and support of the State Reference Group.

CHAIR -   Bronwyn Fox, Dandaragan                      

Debrah Clarke, Lake Grace            Alison Cooke, Badgingarra           Hayley Wandel,Esperance                   

Julie Ramm, Dumbleyung              Nicole Batten, Yuna                Natalie Hogg, Williams   

Tracey Hobbs, Toodyay

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