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‘Lift Off’ 2-Day Training Retreat

Lift Off’ is a new two-day training retreat exclusive to the Grower Group Alliance network, building capacity and connections for the year ahead.

Date & Venue

To be held at Joondalup Resort on February 16 and 17, 2023.


The event is intended for in person, face-to-face attendance. Part or full participation in all of the program sessions is available.

*Zoom in (basic AV ) for some sessions may be possible on request but in person attendance is preferred.


  • Operational discussion sessions with GGA, GRDC, MLA and DPIRD executives
  • Workshops with training on priority topics identified in the GGA survey
  • Access to GGA team members for private appointments
  • Networking time to build relationships between GGA network groups

Who can attend

Participation is closed to the GGA network, exclusive to members only.

  • All employed staff, and operational volunteers involved with running groups are warmly welcomed and will benefit from attending.
  • Chairs of groups are especially encouraged to attend in the GGA, GRDC, MLA and DPIRD (workforce) sessions

Benefits of attending

All GGA network members are strongly encouraged to attend ‘Lift Off’, benefits of attending include:

  • Receiving the latest information on GGA direction
  • Meet the expanded GGA staff to understand how your group can engage and benefit
  • Opportunity for two-way discussion on working with, and the future of GGA
  • Latest insights on operational expectations and performance priorities from the GRDC and MLA
  • Opportunity to provide input and feedback to the above organisations in a facilitated format
  • Meeting and understanding the diverse and expanding GGA network
  • Commencing the working year with improved working relationships with fellow GGA member groups
  • Technical learning from the capacity building workshops provided


Attend for just a few elements or the whole two days.

Tickets are subsidised by GGA and start from $60 for a day delegate to $410 for full two-night, two-day participation with a private room or twin share accommodation. Options shown when you click through ticketing.

*All beverages at own expense.


Day 1 – Thursday Feb 16th

Arrivals –9.00am – 9.30am

Workshop 1 – Meet the Network – 9.30am – 11.00am / Around the room formal introduction from each group. Hear about their groups scope, activities and what/how their members produce.


Workshop 2 – Stakeholder Mapping (Part 1) – 11.30am – 12.30am / Facilitated session updating your groups stakeholder map. This will assist you with a communications and engagement plan, managing important relationships and general strategic partnerships.

Lunch – 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Workshop 3 Meet the GGA team – 1.30pm – 2.30pm / Meet our team members. Hear about the teams expanded scope, capability and how to benefit.
*Good session for Chairs to attend.


Workshop 4 – Working with GGA – 3.00pm – 4.00pm / Facilitated two-way feedback session to achieve improved alignment between GGA members and collaborating project partners.
*Good session for Chairs to attend.

Checkin to rooms – 4.00pm – 4.30pm /

Poolside Sundowner – 4.30pm – 6.30pm / Relax and unwind poolside! GGA staff will be around providing a great opportunity to get to know the team further as well as enjoying more networking time with fellow groups. There is time to cool off with a swim or hold a private appointment with particular staff (book here). *Good session for Chairs to attend.
*Platter nibbles will be served.
*Some beverages included.

Briefing – WA Jobs, Education and Training (WAJET) project – 5.00pm-5.15pm / Hear about the WA Jobs, Education and Training (WAJET) project which aims to collate industry intelligence on the skills needs in WA so that DPIRD and other agencies can provide a training or workforce response to assist industry meet its needs.

Break – change for dinner – 6.30pm – 7.00pm

Networking Dinner – 7.00pm – 9.30pm / End the day over a sit down meal with delegates with further opportunity for networking. *All beverages at own expense

Day 2 – Friday 17 Feb

Breakfast – 7.00am – 8.00am

Check out of rooms – 8.00am – 8.30am

Workshop 5 – Audience with MLA – 8.30am – 10.00am – Facilitated roundtable on “what good looks like” – two way feedback session on delivery in projects to achieve better alignment. *Good session for Chairs to attend.

Break – 10.00am – 10.30am

Workshop 6 – Audience with GRDC – 10.30am – 12.00pm – Facilitated roundtable on “what good looks like” – two way feedback session on delivery in R&D projects to achieve better alignment. *Good session for Chairs to attend.

Lunch – 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Workshop 7 – Stakeholder Management Plan (Part 2)– 1.00pm – 2.00pm Facilitated session developing your groups 2023 stakeholder relationship management plans. You will leave the session with a near/complete plan.

Break – 2.00pm – 2.30pm

Workshop 8 – GGA Briefings – 2.30 – 3.15pm – Based on feedback from our member survey, groups are keen for a run through of the Farmanco In-kind Opportunity, a briefing of the new member login section of GGA website and our 2023 Capacity Building Program.

Close – 3.15pm – 3.30pm

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Registrations are open now and close Friday 10 February. Click through to Eventbrite for ticketing.


Enquiries to Kallista Bolton at GGA 0421 623 406.


Posted on

12 Dec 2022