Grower Group Alliance Membership
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 has matured, that intent holds strong and the GGA Network of today is considered to be of high value to our state agricultural ecosystem. It is widely recognised that a functional, farmer-led network of WA grower groups supported by aligned associate organisations has and will attract network scale research and innovation investment into WA.
Benefits of Membership
Members of the GGA Network are visibly positioning themselves to influence the GGA Strategic Direction, access GGA activities and benefit from enriching interaction with a diversified network of progressive agricultural leaders and influencers. Key benefits of being in the GGA Network include:
1. Visibility | Organisations that are members of the GGA Network are positioning themselves for high visibility and opportunity within the agricultural industry. The GGA is a highly valued grass roots network with strategic alliances.
2. Influence |GGA members formalise their status as a GGA stakeholder with the ability to make input.
3. Opportunity |Members receive priority access to impactful GGA Brokered Programs and Capacity Building activities.
4. Networking|Engagement within the network provides interaction with agricultural leaders and influencers from across WA, the opportunity for cross sector exchange of enriching divergent thinking, collective innovation through inclusive thinking and opportunity for impactful collaborations.
5. Support |Members enjoy the full support of the GGA team, are able to access opportunities aligned with each groups or organisations individual stage of development, objectives and status in the industry.
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.”
Who are GGA Members
The Grower Group Alliance is a thriving state-wide network of over 60 farmer-led local grower groups with a collective membership base exceeding 4,000 WA farm enterprises operating across all sectors of the agriculture industry at all different levels of scale and purpose. Non grower group Associate Members also join GGA for symbiotic, strategic links. Meet the GGA Network.
There are three classes of membership to GGA. The first two are for Grower Groups, the third is for all other stakeholders.
1. Grower Group Member (voting rights) – for incorporated grower groups. These are our voting members and hold exclusive rights to nominate representatives for election to the GGA Board which drives the the strategic direction of the GGA. Not only do these groups need to align with the GGA constitutional definition of a grower group (see below), they will self identify as, and be recognised in the agricultural industry as being a ‘grower group’.
2. Associate Group Member (no voting rights) – for non incorporated grower groups or “for profit” grower groups with objectives aligned to the GGA definition of a grower group such as:
- Farmer-Led Grower Groups that might operate as a sub committee of their local Shire
- Farmers connected as a grower group linked to a “for profit/commercial” enterprise
- Statutory Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) groups active in agriculture R,D & E.
3. Associate Member (no voting rights) – an Associate member 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, NRM, Biosecurity Groups
- Peak industry body or agricultural industry organisation
- An agricultural university, educational or research institution or student
- Agricultural industry consultants or commercial enterprise
What classifies as a Grower Group Member (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).
Membership is free and open to groups or individuals who support the Objects of GGA (see above).
How to Join GGA
Memberships must be approved by the GGA Board at the next available quarterly meeting and follow a formal process.
Step 1 – Enquire
Introduce your organisation. 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 email@example.com
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. Once instructed by the Stakeholder & Communications Manager, apply via the online Membership Form
Approval of Membership
Memberships are considered by the GGA Board at each quarters meeting of Directors. New Members will be assessed based on the 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.