Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc

About

Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc. (iHempWA) is a public not-for-profit incorporated entity. Our vision is to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia. The association is defined by iHempWA’s Rules of Association and governed by the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

We, the committee and members, volunteer our time and energy to achieve our vision and it is our intention the association continue to be a vehicle of positive change and ultimately, to create a better world for our brothers and sisters, and for all our children’s children.

iHempWA is given life by the committee who are volunteers and members of the association. We meet monthly and our revenue is derived from memberships and fun-draising events.

All donations to iHempWA are economical, ecological, ethical and energetic investments in our collective futures…and deeply appreciated

There’s a groundswell building and a green wave coming…   iHempWA working together for a better world.

Vision Statement

Our vision is:

  • to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia; and
  • to foster the growing awareness of hemp, revealing the true nature of Cannabis sativa, its ancient and modern history, the vast array of uses and products that can be made from hemp and its potent economical, ecological and ethical value; and
  • to represent, the best interests, of our members and all Western Australian hemp industry stakeholders, farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers; and
  • to build mutually beneficial, collaborative working relationships with existing local, state and national public agencies, private investors and other organisations with common values to realise our vision.

We need human resources, or enough money to employ, self motivated people with passion, energy and skills to deliver our objectives. We invite everyone who shares our vision to get involved. Help make the world a better place Join iHempWA today.

iHempWA is the peak state industry body for industrial hemp in Western Australia.

Incorporated 4 August 2015 A1019234F ABN: 83228554107

WA Hemp Grower’s Co-op Ltd

iHemp WA was instrumental in supporting the formation of the WA Hemp Growers Co-op (HempGro) in April 2018, forming the first hemp co-operative in Australia. Since then the Co-operative has been responsible for the importation of certified monoecious French seed varieties into to WA. The total hectare sown in the 2018/19 season was 498 hectares, of which up to 6 tonnes was the French seed variety.

WA hemp farmers are currently focused on building the industry through the seed and fibre. With opportunities in food processing, building materials, animal bedding, and textiles, cosmetics, plastics and bio-char. Hemp can be mistaken as the new resource in agriculture. The recent approval of low-THC hemp seed products to be used as a food additive by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has increased market opportunities both locally and internationally.

The potential financial benefit to broadacre farmers is being explored with recent State Government Hemp industry funding Scheme being awarded to the WA Hemp Growers Co-op to conduct seed trials, Seed for the Best Region, including dry land cropping and dual crop agronomy in different regions of WA.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004. This legislation enables licensees to cultivate, harvest and process industrial hemp on a commercial scale. http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/plant-biosecurity/industrial-hemp-western-australia

The Department of Health via the Office of Drug Control regulate the medical Cannabis industry in Australia. The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 details the regulatory framework that has been put in place to enable applications for licences and permits for the cultivation, production and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products. https://www.odc.gov.au/medicinal-cannabis

Committee

Current Committee iHempWA AGM 14 September 2019:

Georgina Wilkinson (Chair), Jennie Olszenski (Vice), Stephanie Brown (Treasurer), Kerry James (Secretary), David Chick, Glenn Ossy-Orley, Sharon Devine, Matthew Watson, Ramon Granados, not present Nicole Botica and Gail Stubber.

Georgina Wilkinson

Georgina Wilkinson

Chairperson - Founding member

Georgina has been involved in the Australian Hemp Industry since 2001. She is the owner of the Margaret River Hemp Company, and with her husband Gary Rogers run a successful
Building Company, Hemp Homes Australia. She is also the Vice President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance.

Jennie Olszenski

Jennie Olszenski

Vice Chairperson

Jenni has created High Grade Mechanical, providing recruitment, labour hire and equipment hire to the mining industry since 2012 and currently works in CEO capacity. High Grade turns over $40 million a year. Prior to this has worked at Alinta/WestNet Infrastructure Group as Business Services Manager and was there for approx. 7 years.
Has won:
1. Personally Nifnex top 100 influential business people WA 2016
2. For her business High Grade Mechanical: Employer of Choice winner National 2018 (previous winners Brisbane airport and Melbourne Convention Centre), Rockingham CCI Corporate Business of the year Award 2018, Runner Up WA Business News 2018 Coporate Business award.
3. For Business Wortkoorl Workwear has won: Anthill Magazine Top 100 Cool Business awards.
Currently passionate about mentoring females in business and creating indigenous Australian employment opportunities thus creating and funding Wortkoorl Workwear.
Wortkoorl Workwear has developed a hemp blend material to meet Australian Standards and created high visibility work wear for the mining, civil and other industries.The brand Wortkoorl Workwear which means “moving forward together” is clearly aligned to their vision to rid the industry of synthetic non-biodegradable hi-vis shirts and to create employment opportunities for Aboriginal Australians.

Kerry James

Kerry James

Secretary

Stephanie Brown

Treasurer
David Chick

David Chick

Committee - Founding member

An eclectic career history spanning decades and crossing genres has developed David’s ability to see the big picture, isolate challenges, envision solutions, share ideas, motivate and manage people.
Inspired by the global view to act locally; empowered with knowledge of hemp’s potential to assist humanity heal themselves and their earth and; inspired to give of his energy to create a positive effect for people and planet today and tomorrow.
Currently working with Total Hemp Company on the land and available to assist new hemp businesses with their branding and graphic design needs. 0427 579 102

Glenn Ossy-Orley

Glenn Ossy-Orley

Committee - Founding member

Glenn served three years with the Western Australian Police force. He has been employed as a project, team and employment agency manager with a team of 350 men and women encompassing all professions within the construction industry. He achieved the roll of state manager in Victoria before moving back home to Western Australia. He has also worked in the mining industry and he owned and operated a charter boat in coral bay.
Glenn resides on his farm in Nannup where he owns and operates several other businesses.
He has held a current Industrial hemp licence since 2014. His company the Total Hemp Company Australia and the Orley group are currently applying for a medical licence and have already created a food brand that is to be exported to Singapore and Hong Kong.

Sharon Devine

Sharon Devine

Committee - Founding member

Sharon has previously worked as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical animal health industry, Associated with the position was her requirement to maintain all relevant data, call rate frequency monitoring, territory budgeting and conforming to company policy, OH&S
guidelines, company procedures and industry safe work instructions. In this role, she held accountability for the sales and marketing of product lines into vet clinics throughout the Perth metropolitan and regional areas of the state.
Core competencies:
Strong work ethic and organisational ability
Experienced and reliable team player
Customer focused
Positive, can-do attitude
Good interpersonal skills
Personal strengths:
Honesty, commitment, motivated and results driven
High integrity, dedicated and hardworking
Friendly, approachable, diligent and trustworthy

Gail Stubber

Gail Stubber

Committee

Presently a hemp farmer and EO of the WA Hemp Growers’ Co-op.
The hemp space in WA is dynamic and growing with every year a crop is put in. People are constantly amazed at how many items can be produced by a single plant. This is the challenge of hemp and why I love the plant. It makes people heads spin with the possibilities. It was these possibilities which drew me to hemp and keep me interested. Also working with the Co-op farmers - who are a wonderful group of people.

Nicole Botica

Nicole Botica

Committee

Nicole has had over 20 years experience researching the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil in the cosmetic industry. During this time she had the opportunity to educate Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, to advance research & development on Hemp Seed Oil cosmetics. Nicole is a board member for HempGro, WA Hemp growers Co-op, and a committee member for iHemp WA. Furthermore Nicole currently has a small business making handmade Hemp Seed Oil soaps and lotions.
Nicole has over 10 years experience in project management within the community development sector fostering partnerships and building vibrant and sustainable communities. She has event management skills and excellent public relations. Nicole is currently working in the agricultural sector coordinating data analysis and strategic planning for a private organisation who have a plan to grow hemp. In 2018 she completed a post graduate course at the University of Newcastle on Co-operative Organisation and Management & Law.

Matthew Watson

Matthew Watson

Committee

I joined the committee in 2018 after following my passion for the Australian Hemp Industry and wanting to be a part of the movement and growth in Western Australia. Having worked as a project manager in the construction industry, I aim to be bring my skills in marketing, social media and business management to my role on the iHempWA committee.

Currently employed full-time by The Cannabis Company, headed out of Victoria, a company which specialises in sustainably grown hemp food and pet products, I am extremely excited for the growth and benefits to society that this industry has to offer.

Ramon Granados

Ramon Granados

Committee

Committee History

With respect, love and gratitude we acknowledge and remember the efforts of all our previous committee members.

Previous Committee 2017 -18: Georgina Wilkinson (Chair), Gail Stubber (Vice), Sherree Jones (Treasurer), David Chick (Secretary), Glenn Ossy-Orley, James Cranfield, Tarn Jeal and Nicole Botica.

Previous Committee 2016-17: Glenn Ossy-Orley (Chair), Georgiina Wilkinson (Vice), Sharon Devine (Treasurer), David Chick (Secretary), Gail Stubber, Jean Tunbridge, James Cranfield and Tarn Jeal.

Original Committee elected 10 October 2015: Glenn Ossy-Orley (Chair), Georgina Wilkinson (Vice), Bronwyn Blake (Treasurer), David Chick (Secretary), Colin Steddy, Gary Rogers, Melanie Somerset, Brad Satchell, Kelly Naylor, Charley Cannon, James Cranfield.