New faces for Regional Cropping Solutions Network groups

Author: | Date: 15 May 2018

Three RCSN members sit around a table with their iPads.
Discussing high priority grower issues during a recent RCSN meeting are, from left, GRDC grower relations manager – west, Jo Wheeler, and Kwinana West RCSN representatives Jon Hasson, of Ballidu, and Gary Lang, of Wickepin. Photo by Julianne Hill.

Several new appointments have been announced for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) groups in Western Australia.

The five western region RCSN groups are an important part of the GRDC’s consultation process with growers and industry stakeholders, identifying issues critical to ensuring the prosperity of the grains industry in their grain receival port zones and initiating ideas for locally-focussed projects.

Western region GRDC RCSN coordinator Julianne Hill welcomed to the networks the 14 new representatives who join several other RCSN representatives located across the State.

“The RCSN groups – representing WA’s Albany, Esperance, Kwinana West, Kwinana East and Geraldton port zone areas – provide regional intelligence to the GRDC, including to its Western Regional Panel, helping to fine-tune grains research, development and extension (RD&E) investments,” she said.

“I look forward to the contributions that will be made by the new members, including growers, agronomists, advisers and other industry representatives, who were selected from many high calibre applicants.

“The successful applicants have a broad range of experience and were chosen for their skill sets, passion and willingness to share information with others.”

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank outgoing RCSN representatives, who have completed their terms, for their valuable contribution in helping to guide grains industry RD&E investment in WA.”

New RCSN representatives include:

  • Albany zone – Tim Mathwin, adviser; Peter Bostock, adviser
  • Esperance zone – Cameron Mudge, grower; Joel Ebert, grower; Monica Field, agronomist
  • Kwinana West zone –  Chad Hawksley, grower; Dani Whyte, agronomist
  • Kwinana East zone – Callum Wesley, grower; Nic McGregor, adviser; Natalie Purdy, financier; Floyd Sullivan, adviser
  • Geraldton zone – Phil Smyth, agronomist; Andrew Cripps, rural services; Jerome Critch, grain marketer

Details about new and continuing RCSN representatives are available on the RCSN website.

RD&E priority issues for each zone were updated by the groups earlier this year and summaries can be found on the RCSN website.

Ms Hill also encouraged growers and industry stakeholders to attend the next round of locally-held GRDC ‘Open Forums’, which are designed to give all WA grain growers an opportunity to have input into how grower levies are invested. These are scheduled for:

  • Albany zone – Cranbrook Sporting Club (2-6pm, July 16); Jerramungup Community Resource Centre (8-11am, July 17); and Kukerin Hotel (2-6pm, July 17)
  • Esperance zone – Dunn Rock Tennis Club (2-6pm, July 23); Munglinup sports pavilion (8-11am, July 24); and Condingup Tavern (2-6pm, July 24)
  • Kwinana West zone – Goomalling Sport and Community Centre (2-6pm, July 31); Bedford Arms Hotel, Brookton (8-11am, August 1); and Kondinin Aquatic Centre (2-6pm, August 1)
  • Kwinana East zone – August 6, Bruce Rock Shire Council building (2-6pm, August 6); Westonia bowling club (8-11am, August 7); Bencubbin Recreation Complex (2-6pm, August 7)
  • Geraldton zone – Eneabba Recreation and Sporting Club (2-6pm, August 22); WA College of Agriculture Morawa (8-11am, August 23); and Lavender Valley Farm, Chapman Valley Road, Yetna (2-6pm, August 23).

Contact Details

For Interviews

Julianne Hill, WA GRDC RCSN coordinator
0447 261 607


Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
0427 189 827

GRDC Project code: HIL00002