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WA State Government COVID-19 Emergency Declarations

As at Saturday, 28 March 2020 view the WA state government’s COVID-19 emergency declaratio..

Jobs in WA Food and Ag website launch

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POSTPONED International Oat Conference 2020

Regrettably due to the COVID-19 impact we have postponed the International Oat Conference 2020 (..

WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+

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GIWA Executive

Bob Nixon - Chair GIWA Executive

Bob Nixon runs a broad acre farming operation, near Kalannie in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia. In partnership with his wife, parents, two brothers and staff, the Nixons have a cropping program of 15,000HA planted to wheat, barley and canola and a family run gypsum mining operation.

Bob is a member of the Liebe Grower Group, the local GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network, and is a 2014 Nuffield Scholar, whose research project focused on managing production risk in the dry and variable climate of Western Australia’s eastern wheat belt through crop rotation and diversity, reducing input costs and benefitting from economies of scale. Bob has been a member of the GIWA Wheat Council since 2016.
Mobile: 0429 662 150

Lyndon Mickel - Chair, GIWA Barley Council

Lyndon Mickel is a broadacre cropping farmer in the Beaumont region east of Esperance. Farming 6,000 ha with his wife, Nikki and his parents, they crop barley, wheat, canola and field peas.

Lyndon has been on the SEPWA Executive committee since 2005, and served as President from 2010 to 2012. He was recently appointed as the chair of the GIWA Barley Council, taking over the reins from long-time Chairman Steve Tilbrook. Lyndon provides business acumen and a grower's prospective to the GIWA team.

Mobile: 0427 766 029

Michael Lamond - Chair, GIWA Oilseeds Council

Michael Lamond is currently self employed as a consultant.

Previously, he was National Leader Agronomy with Eurofins from September 2013 to January 2016. Michael was a Director of Agrisearch Services and Principal Plant Breeding and Biotechnology from August 2000 to September 2013 until the business was sold to Eurofins.

Michael has conducted and been in charge of canola field trials in WA and across Australia since 1992 for the majority of the canola breeding companies operating in Australia and has conducted or been involved in a number of canola agronomy system developments and other trait development projects. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the NVT (National Variety Trials) from 2004 until 2015 and was in charge of a number of canola NVT’s in NSW, Victoria, and WA.

Mobile: 0408 056 662

Ash Wiese - Chair, GIWA Oat Council and Deputy Chair GIWA Executive

Ashley Wiese owns and manages a family farming operation in Narrogin WA, with his wife Jo and a team of wonderful staff. Originally beginning his career as an accountant, Ash went on to pursue his passion of growing food on his property which has been in his family for four generations. He is a father, husband and entrepreneur who is passionate about the pathway from the farmer’s paddock to the customer’s plate.

Ashley takes his responsibility as a custodian of the land very seriously , and is proud of the fact that he makes food with just his nurtured soil and the rain that falls from the sky. After a journey that has taken 8 years to unfold he is finally excited to be able to take Australian-grown quinoa straight from the farm onto the plate as part of the Three Farmers story (Profile courtesy of Three Farmers).
Mobile: 0428 859 031

Neil Wandel - Chair, GIWA Pulse Council

Neil Wandel and Mary Wandel co-own Esperance Quality Grains, an incorporated company established in 2002. Together, they also own a farming operation in the Esperance area.

Neil spent nearly 12 years on the CBH Group Board (five as Chairman), part of his many achievements, included being a part of the 2002 CBH and Grain Pool of WA merger, and input into maintaining CBH's status as Australia's largest grain exporter.
Mobile: 0428 753 032

Neil Hooper - Treasurer & Independent Executive Member

Neil Hooper grew up on the family farm in Merredin before heading to Perth where he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988. Neil worked as an accountant in Perth until returning to Merredin in 1992 to join Byfields. Neil has been servicing farmer clients since that time.

Neil became a partner of Byfields in 1996 is a Certified Practising Accountant as well as a Chartered Accountant.

Even though Neil is now based in Perth he has maintained his close links to the farming community as his family continues to farm in the Merredin area. He has been a member of the Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants of Western Australia for several years and attends various Agricultural seminars throughout WA.

Neil is passionate about broadacre agriculture in WA and believes the agricultural industry deserves to be serviced by specialists and has focused on consistently providing this service to his clients over the last 20 years.
Mobile: 0429 411 022

Crawford Taylor - GIWA Careers in Grain Council

Crawford Taylor is Chair of the Careers in Grain Council and the WA State Manager of Rabobank. Crawford grew up on the family farm at Tambellup, in the Great Southern region of WA. 

A graduate of the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Crawford has worked in banking for over 25 years in a variety of account management and management positions across Australia and New Zealand. Crawford has a passion for the attraction and retention of human talent in agriculture, which he sees as the cornerstone required for Australia to meet the demanding challenge of sustainably feeding a growing global population.
Mobile: 0428 455 811

Pete Rees - Chair GIWA Wheat Council

Despite growing up in the city, Pete stumbled in to agriculture at UWA and discovered he loved it. He now has over 15 years’ experience working in grain trading, fertiliser and agricultural research. He currently works as a Grain Marketing Adviser at MarketAg. He still gets a little too excited when he thinks about how a grain of wheat in a Mukinbudin field can become part of a top quality dinner for a family in Japan and loves to play a part in the process that makes it happen.
Mobile: 0427 788 517

Mark Narustrang - Independent

Mark Narustrang is Principal Consultant and Director at Pivotal Point Strategic Directions (PPSD). He works with Boards and Executive in improving their business performance and resolving complex problems through strategic and commercial analysis and independent advice. Mark has worked with a number of significant agribusinesses in Australia as both a consultant and a senior manager, including 11 years at CBH, most recently as the Group Strategy and Innovation Manager.  Mark has also worked in the Finance and Banking Industry. This experience gives Mark a well-informed, balanced, strategic and analytical view of WA's internationally focused grain supply chain.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business, is a CPA, a graduate of the AICD and a Fellow of FINSIA.
Mobile: 0437 517 050

Rob Dickie - Independent

Rob Dickie is currently the Government and Industry Relations Advisor with CBH Group. Prior to this Rob has 3 years’ experience at Joe White Maltings (Cargill Malt) in Adelaide, SA as the Malt Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific. Rob has ten years’ experience working with CBH Group in a variety of domestic and International grain marketing roles. Rob has previously worked for AWB and the WA Minister for Primary Industry; Fisheries.

Rob has a Master of Marketing, a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture), a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and has experience on a number of state and national grain industry representative bodies including the AOF, Oilseeds WA, GIWA, Barley Australia, GTA, GAFTA, UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board, and DAWR’s Grain & Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee (GPPEICC).

Mobile: 0447 677 887

Niegel Grazia - Independent

Niegel Grazia was appointed A/Deputy Director General, Industry and Economic Development in November 2017 having previously worked as Deputy Director General at the Department of Regional Development. Niegel is passionate about building vibrant regions with strong economies. Niegel worked in the oil and gas industry for 21 years, including in senior roles in metropolitan and regional Australia. He has also held roles at the Kimberley Development Commission, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and other WA public sector agencies, including seven years on the staff of WA Government ministers across local government, mines, energy and emergency services portfolios. (Profile courtesy of DPIRD).
Mobile: 0417 930 795