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.
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
iHempWA 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
An eclectic career history spanning decades and crossing genres has developed his 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 the hemp plant’s potential to assist humanity heal themselves and their earth and; committed to give of his energy to create a positive effect for people and planet today and tomorrow rather than get a job for money.
The Secretary has the following duties —
(a) dealing with the Association’s correspondence;
(b) consulting with the chairperson regarding the business to be conducted at each committee meeting and general meeting;
(c) preparing the notices required for meetings and for the business to be conducted at meetings;
(d) unless another member is authorised by the committee to do so, maintaining on behalf of the Association the register of members, and recording in the register any changes in the membership, as required under section 53(1) of the Act;
(e) maintaining on behalf of the Association an up-to-date copy of these rules, as required under section 35(1) of the Act;
(f) unless another member is authorised by the committee to do so, maintaining on behalf of the Association a record of committee members and other persons authorised to act on behalf of the Association, as required under section 58(2) of the Act;
(g) ensuring the safe custody of the books of the Association, other than the financial records, financial statements and financial reports, as applicable to the Association;
(h) maintaining full and accurate minutes of committee meetings and general meetings;
(i) carrying out any other duty given to the secretary under these rules or by the committee.
The position is historically voluntary, the committee may elect to remunerate an appropriate person
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.
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.
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.
They say that diversification is the key to longevity in business, so when given the task of diversify our family Hydroponics business in Joondalup I started researching fast growth industries and values based business.
In March 2020, I came across a TED talk where Amy Ansel spoke about how Hemp Holds the Key to a Sustainable Future. It resinated with me, aligned with all of my values. I started researching Hemp (Cannabis Sativa – Marijuana’s cousin!) and now believe that it is the most amazing plant on the planet!
When given a chance to join the iHemp committee to help establish and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia I jumped at it!
I will thoroughly enjoy generating awareness of this magical plant’s abilities, to work with a fantastic group of like minded people, to share big ideas and act on visions for a more sustainable future. Where business is for the people and the planet not the profit! I have found my calling!
I am doing this for the plant, the people and the planet!
Please join me on my iHemp journey…
Matt’s involvement with iHempWA is his chosen avenue to continue advocating for all things cannabis, in particularly industrial hemp.
Drastic societal change is necessary for humanity to continue and for mother nature to survive. Living more harmoniously and sustainably is the key.
Empowered with knowledge of the role that hemp can play in bringing about that change is what drives him to join the collective push for cannabis law reform.
With respect, love and gratitude we acknowledge and remember the efforts of all our previous committee members.
Previous Committee 2020-21: David Chick (Chair), Jennie Olszenski (Vice), Stephanie Brown (Secretary), Matthew Watson (Treasurer), Georgina Wilkinson, Glenn Ossy-Orley, Gail Stubber, Samantha Richardson, Matthew Madlener, Grant Ibis Seaborn, Lisa Molcher and James Leadbeater.
Previous Committee 2019-20: Georgina Wilkinson (Chair), Jennie Olszenski (Vice), Stephanie Brown (Treasurer), Kerry James (Secretary), David Chick, Glenn Ossy-Orley, Sharon Devine, Matthew Watson, Ramon Granados, Nicole Botica and Gail Stubber.
Previous Committee 2018-19: Georgina Wilkinson (Chair), Gail Stubber (Vice), Sherree Jones (Treasurer), David Chick (Secretary), Glenn Ossy-Orley, Sharon Devine, Matthew Watson, Nicole Botica.
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.