The GGA is a thriving state-wide network of over 60 local grower groups with a collective membership base exceeding 4,000 WA farm enterprises. The diverse network of grower groups spread across multiple sectors of agriculture and operate with a wide range of scale and purpose.
The Grower Group Alliance was established almost 20 years ago by grower groups, for grower groups with the intent of building capacity and collaboration between grower groups, researchers and funding bodies. As the GGA network matures, that intent holds strong and the diverse GGA network of today is considered high value to our state and national agricultural ecosystem.
Benefits of Membership
Members of GGA become more visible in the industry, better connected and gain access to collaborative opportunities. It is widely recognised that a functional, farmer-led network of WA grower groups has and will attract network scale research and innovation investment into WA. Through the Grower Group Alliance, together we grow.
Key member benefits are:
1. Visibility | Members of GGA position themselves for high visibility and access to collaborative opportunities.
2. Influence | Members formalise their status as a GGA stakeholder with input and ability to advocate for their interests.
3. Opportunity | Members receive priority access to GGA Brokered Programs and Capacity Building activities.
4. Networking| Membership provides access to agricultural leaders and influencers across WA, cross sector exchange via enriching divergent thinking, innovation through inclusive thinking and opportunity for game-changing collaborations.
5. Support | Members enjoy the full support of the GGA team connecting them to opportunities aligned with each groups stage of development, objectives and status in the industry.
How to Join GGA
There are three classes of membership to GGA. The first two are for grower groups, the third is for all other stakeholders. Memberships must be approved by the GGA Board at the next available quarterly meeting and follow a formal process.
Step 1 – Enquire
Discuss your objectives for joining GGA, identify what value you or your organisation will add to the GGA Network and resolve what class of membership you fall into. Work through these aspects with Kallista Bolton, GGA Stakeholder & Communications Manager on 0421 623 406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2 – Apply
No applications will be considered without Step 1. The Stakeholder & Communications Manager is responsible for briefing the GGA Board on every application for membership. Click the APPLY button below to access the online Membership form.
Objects of the GGA
Membership is free and open to groups or individuals who support the objects of GGA which are:
“The objects of the Alliance are to promote the development of agricultural resources in Australia and more particularly through inter alia, activities that assist Grower Group members, and members of members, through liaison coordination and direct action with regard to fostering and bringing about increased production and profitability of commercial farm businesses through the adaption and adoption of new value chain technologies; the delivery of locally relevant research, development and extension, and the provision of support networks for participatory applied research and farmer-to farmer technology and education exchange.”
1. Grower Group Member(voting rights)
- For incorporated grower groups.
- Exclusive rights to nominate representatives for election to the GGA Board and vote which drives the the strategic direction of the GGA.
- These groups need to align with the GGA constitutional definition of a grower group (see below),
- They self identify as, and are recognised in the agricultural industry as being a ‘grower group’.
2. Associate Group Member(no voting rights)
- For non incorporated grower groups or “corporate for profit” grower groups with objectives aligned to the GGA definition of a grower group such as:
- Farmer-led grower groups operating as a sub committee of a Shire
- Farmers connected as a grower group linked to a “for profit/commercial” enterprise
- Statutory Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) active in R,D & E.
3. Associate Member(no voting rights)
- For non-grower group organisations.
- Can be an individual person, business, incorporated or unincorporated body, who whilst not a Grower Group or eligible for voting rights, supports the objects of the GGA. Such as:
- Landcare, pure NRM, Biosecurity Groups
- Agricultural peak industry body
- Agricultural educational or research university, institution or student
- Industry consultants or commercial enterprise
What classifies as a Grower Group Member with voting rights:
A voting member must be a not-for-profit body corporate (incorporated), generally recognised as either a farmer-driven Grower Group or community-driven agricultural organisation with aims and objectives comparable to a Grower Group, aimed at but not limited to:
- A strong focus on increasing production and profitability of your member’s farm businesses
- Adoption of new value chain technologies
- Delivery of locally relevant research, development and extension
- Provision of support networks for participatory applied research and farmer‐to‐farmer technology
GGA constitutional definition of a Grower Group:
Grower Group (aka Farming Systems Group) means an incorporated, not‐for‐profit group of farmers formed with objects aimed at, but not limited to, increasing the production and profitability of their member’s farm businesses through the adoption of new value chain technologies; the delivery of locally relevant research, development and extension, and the provision of support networks for participatory applied research and farmer‐to‐farmer technology and education exchange and the like;
* GGA Rules (Constitution) defines a Grower Group (p2), eligibility (p5) and classes of membership (p5).
Memberships are considered by the GGA Board at each quarters meeting of Directors and assessed based on their reasons for joining and value they bring to strengthen the GGA Network.
Membership approval is not automatic and according to Rule 10.5 (page 5) of the GGA Constitution:
(5) The Board may reject an application even if the applicant —
(a) is eligible under rule 8; and
(b) has applied under rule 9.
Furthermore under Rule 10.7 (page 5) of the GGA Constitution:
(7) If the Board rejects the application, the Board is not required to give the applicant its reasons for doing so
The Board must notify the applicant of the Board’s decision to accept or reject the application as soon as practicable after making the decision.