WAFarmers 2021 Annual General Meeting

Friday 12 March 2021
Aloft Hotel
27 Rowe Avenue, Rivervale 6103

Important Update on Annual Conference 2021
With regard to the health and safety of our members, and wider community WAFarmers has decided to reluctantly cancel parts of the WAFarmers Annual Conference: Invest. Innovate. Inspire – it starts with Ag 2021.

Due to the recent developments around COVID19 and quarantine hotels WAFarmers will now conduct only the WAFarmers and General Section AGM portion of the previously advertised event and will shift location

ALOFT Hotel, 27 Rowe Avenue Rivervale
3PM to 9PM, Friday 12 March 2021

Online details will be made available to those wishing to join the meeting via our digital platform

The meeting will conduct elections for office bearers and voting on policy motions and will be followed by dinner and drinks for those wishing to stay on after the close of the AGM at 5pm

The AGM and Dinner is free for members and $60 for non-members:

WAFarmers Annual Conference 2021: Invest. Innovate. Inspire – It starts with WA Ag

Election and Voting Information

Office Bearers and Motions for the Annual General Meeting.

The following positions were advertised as vacant:

  • President – WAFarmers – 2-year term
  • Vice President – WAFarmers – 2-year term
  • Board Member x 2 – The Western Australian Farmers Federation – 2-year term

The below nominations were received:

  • President – John Hassell (Pingelly)
  • Vice President – Steve McGuire (Kojonup)
  • Board Members x 2 – three nominations received:
    • Michael Norton (Capel)
    • Mark Fowler (Williams)
    • Duncan Young (Beverley)

Motions that will be debated and voted on for both the WAFarmers AGM and General Section AGM will be published both in Farm Weekly and on the WAFarmers website once finalised .

WAFarmers advises members that an election will take place to fill the two vacant Board Member positions.

Individual voting members will receive an individual voting code along with an access link to our online voting platform (either in the mail or via email). You will need to use this code to register your vote. Voting may be completed online with online voting closing at 3pm Wednesday 10th February 2021. Voting at the AGM will be conducted through a paper ballot system for those in attendance and only for those that have not already complete their vote online.

The WAFarmers Board and Management asks for understanding from its members with regards to the unavoidable change in our Annual Conference arrangements but health and safety in these current and unprecedented times is paramount to our organisation and to the Western Australian community.

Motions for Conference

Motion 1:
“The Dairy Council requests that the WA Government sign up to the National Water Plan to enable WA farmers to access drought relief funds.”

Motion 2:
“The Corrigin Lake Grace Zone requests WAFarmers to advocate to both the state and federal governments to ensure strategic fuel reserves are held in storage on land, in Australia for at least 3 months to ensure that production is maintained”.

Motion 3:
“The Corrigin Lake Grace Zone requests WAFarmers to write to the Minister for Transport requesting that a Ministerial Task Force be formed to consolidate the recommendations from the RAFT and AGINIS reports to ensure Federal and State funding opportunities to future proof Grain transportation in WA are taken up.”

Motion 4:
“The Corrigin Lake Grace Zone requests that the General Section Transport Committee Policy Update including resolutions as presented by CEO, Trevor Whittington tabled at the General Section Council meeting on 9th February 2021 for endorsement.”

Motion 5:
“That WAFarmers undertake a review into governance and training to ensure personal opinions and conflicts of interest do not contradict the position of WAFarmers.”

Motion 6:
“That WAFarmers approach Main Roads Heavy Vehicles to develop a more streamlined audit process for agricultural operators.”

Motion 7:
“That WAFarmers promote immediate action into better strategies for catchment and containment of water eg. Each Town /Shire should ensure they have an efficient dam and catchment, that neglected catchment areas be revitalised / restored for maximum efficiency and that the Water Corporation repair all catchment areas not functioning efficiently.”