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Collaboration and planning are in season


Growers and local business owners are invited to attend a Collaboration, Cooperation & Planning event to listen to a fantastic line up of speakers – Western Citrus Alliance chief executive officer Brett Heather,  Curtin University agricultural extension researcher John Noonan and Peter Protiano from Michael Brothers.

The event, which is being organised by the Chittering Chamber of Commerce and WMG’s Northern Valley’s Agribusiness project, will be held from 5.30pm on the 10 August at the Gingin Chamber of Commerce building. Northern Valleys Agribusiness project manager Carolina Brander said together the Chittering
Chamber of Commerce and the NVA project are focused on connecting businesses in the region, and helping them work together in a collaborative environment to generate regional benefit. “This event will provide an opportunity for all businesses in the region to discuss collaboration and planning in a relaxed atmosphere,” she said. Mr Heather works with eight growers in the Gingin area who work together to pack through one centralised packing facility, and market through a single marketer of WA Farm Direct, will talk about the advantages and challenges of cooperation. Mr Noonan, who has extensive farming management experience will give his perspective on planning. He is key researcher, lecturer and program coordinator at Curtin University in agricultural extension and outreach, farm business management and resilience, quality assurance and food safety, and Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) for food and fibre value chains.

The event will finish with a story about Michael Brothers, a cold press juice factory and a cidery at Caversham, Swan Valley. Mr Protiano will explain how fruits from the region are made into a great tasting cider. Samples of Funk Cider and canapés will be provided as part of the event.

Please RSVP to Carolina Brander: carolina.brander@wmgroup.org.au