Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc. Timeline

  • 20 April 2023


    420 Fremantle

    at Walyalup Koort, Fremantle
    Hemp Clothing Hemp Housing, Hemp Skincare, Hemp Beverages, Hemp Nutrtion, Hemp Medicine and more…

    Watch a Video montage recerded at the 420 Fremantle event where a great day was had by all.

    We launched our new membership options. There was speeches, raffles and great music with thanks to Dr Brian Walker MLC and Sophia Moermond MLC of Legalise Cannabis Western Australia Party
    We had a stall along with the businesses below.
  • 14 March 2023


    iHempWA welcomes new Chairperson

    iHempWA, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Iggy Van as its new Chairperson.

    Mr Van has recently been involved with iHempWA in strategic and leadership initiatives and replaces Mr Armando Formica who has filled the role of Chairperson since 2021.

    It is fantastic to have Iggy Van on board. In his recent work on strategy with us he has already shown great vision and leadership which will position the association firmly in all things hemp, to be globally aware and act locally”, Mr David Chick, Secretary of the association said.

    Mr Van is founder and CEO of Hemp Squared, manufacturer of industrial hemp building materials in Bridgetown Western Australia and has a strong background in management and leadership.

    It is an absolute honour to be trusted to represent iHempWA as Chairperson. The exponential growth in the industrial hemp industry experienced worldwide brings many opportunities for Western Australia and indeed Australia. We are at the start of moving to the next step after amazing work to get to where we are by the many people involved in the hemp industry. To move the industry to the next level is a challenge, but we will drive policy development, education, support for industry, research and innovation to make hemp a mainstream product in everyday life for everyone”, said Mr Van.

    Committee: Georgina Wilkinson, Alison Rogers, Colleen Roberts, Hon Sophia Moermond, Iggy Van, Gail Stubber, Sharlene Mavor, David Chick

  • 15 February 2023


    A Great Strategy Planning Workshop

    A great Strategy Planning Workshop it was on Wednesday at Valley Social. Feed back thus far received has all been very encouraging. Huge thank you to all these wonderful people, especially Iggy and Bec of Hemp Squared for their facilitation, Hon Sophia Moermond of Legalise Cannabis Party, our committee and members, our sponsors, industry stakeholders, private and public for their presence and PARTICIPATION!
  • 1 October 2022


    HEMP industry Gathering / AGM

    The Annual General Meeting of Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc. was held Saturday 1 October 2022 at Chem Centre, Cnr Manning Road and Townsing Drive, Bentley WA 6102

  • 2 October 2021


    Hemp is Healthy Family Fair

    We had some FUN in 2021

    October 2nd 2021 iHempWA celebrated their annual gathering in style at the South of Perth Yacht Club with a Hemp is Healthy Family Fair and Sundowner. It was an amazing event with stalls, a hemp food cafe and free kids activities. Watch the full edit.

    We invited some hemp industry professionals to sit on the Q&A panel and our MC David Chick steered the group discussion through What is hemp? to Why are we not following the Green Boom in Europe, Canada and America? Watch the discussion.

  • 21 December 2020


    Hemp Hampers Raffle

    iHempWA Hemp Hampers full of Healthful Hemp Products. All available in WA, they proudly showcase the fresh produce emerging from our local hemp indus-tree.

    A promotion designed to raise awareness of local hemp products and businesses, our association and our cause. We offered raffle tickets online to raise revenue to support our ongoing voluntary commitment to the hemp industry, it’s profile, growth and people in WA.

    A fundraising initiative, from conception to celebration within just one moon cycle, born from a committee planning session, created, activated, collaborated and delivered, live via Facebook 21 December 2020 and personally to our 3 worthy winners.

  • 19 September 2020



    Thank you to all who attended the iHempWA Association AGM and inaugural Hemp Foods Dinner Saturday 19 September.

    An event to mark the Celebration of the establishment of the Western Australian Hemp Industry, the People, the Stories and the Produce.

  • 25-28 February 2020


    Australian Industrial Hemp Conference

    Esplanade Hotel Fremantle WA – Co-hosted by Robert Bell, AusBiotech, AIHA and iHempWA.

    There’s never been a bigger hemp event in WA.

    The 2nd Australian Industrial Hemp Conference was proudly presented by iHempWA. There was a wonderful friendly vibe like one big family. All the feedback we’ve received has been super positive, wish you could have been there. It was an amazing event. The proceedings of the conference have now been collated and published. iHempWA members can download a copy within the members area of this website. Annual membership is just $20.

    On the last day of the Conference iHempWA provided a guided bus tour / field trip of the southwest. We left Fremantle at 6am on route to Manjimup to visit DPIRD’s crop trials, next stop near Nannup, Total Hemp Co’s trellis grow, then to Margaret River for lunch and Hemp Gin tasting. Final stop in Witchcliffe at Sativa Sanctuary, a Hempcrete home by Hemp Homes Australia (see group photo), before hitting the road for the return trip. 6am start 9:30pm return… A BIG Day out… “Well worth it!” was the feedback.

    The 3rd AIHC has been announced and will be hosted by Tasmania in 2022.

  • 14 September 2019


    iHempWA Annual General Meeting


    All iHempWA members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and nominate for a committee role in writing 7 days prior the meeting. We need human resources, self motivated people with passion, energy and skills to deliver our objectives.

    Our vision is to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia. We are working together to create a better world for our collective future.

    We invite everyone who shares our vision to get involved. Help make the world a better place. Come show your support and help the iHempWA committee celebrate the previous years achievements.

    Open to all iHempWA members – RSVP appreciated. iHempWA Association Annual General Meeting

    This event is a part of iHempWA’s HEMP Industry Building Blocks events & workshops 2019 series.

  • 14 September 2019

    Hemp Home Open

    Meet the builder and the owner.

    Builder, Gary Rogers of Hemp Homes Australia, will be speaking passionately to the health and environmental benefits this home provides.

    Owner, Andrea, will be sharing a practical testimony and her love for the place.

    Sativa Sanctuary is the first eco-friendly hemp holiday home in Western Australia. Discover what its like to experience a home made entirely out of hemp!

    Admission is FREE – Bookings are required as space is limited. Hemp Home Open

    This event is a part of iHempWA’s HEMP Industry Building Blocks events & workshops 2019 series.

  • 13 September 2019

    iHempWA presents High as Mike the movie

    Raising awareness of cannabis’ therapeutic value, dissolving the marijuana stigma and connecting the hemp community. We will be again be offering delicious hemp seed and roast vege burgers prior the event and selling raffle tickets. Come and share this emotive movie experience with us.

    High as Mike – Movie Event

    This event is a part of iHempWA’s HEMP Industry Building Blocks events & workshops 2019 series.

  • 28-29 August 2019

    Dowerin Field Day Stall

    The Hemp Industry will be showcased by a collaboration of industry groups and businesses. HempGro co-op, Hemp Co, Wortkoorl Workwear, Total Hemp Company Australia and iHempWA. Come visit us in the Lifestyle Pavilion booth 82 & 83, check out some locally made hemp products and hear the latest news.

    Members interested to showcase their hemp products at Dowerin are invited to contact us to organise.

    The Dowerin Field Days itself is the largest and most widely recognised agricultural event in Western Australia. The event has built a strong reputation over its 54 year history, with the brand recognised throughout Australia and increasingly overseas, across rural, regional and metropolitan areas.

    Admission is FREE – Dowerin Field Days – Hemp Industry Showcase

    This event is a part of iHempWA’s HEMP Industry Building Blocks events & workshops 2019 series.

  • 5 September 2019

    Hemp Seed Testing & Certification Workshop

    Hemp industry information day, a collaboration with DPIRD, HempGro and iHempWA. Focusing on varieties, varietal protection, seed quality and trade of seed

    Key topics:

    • Breeding program information
    • What constitutes a variety
    • Protection of varieties, Certification schemes, Plant Breeders Rights
    • Seed quality, Testing, Storage, Sampling, Drying, Grading
    • Minimum standards for WA seed and Labelling
    • Seed for food (food business)

    Hemp Seed Testing & Certification Workshop

    This event is a part of iHempWA’s HEMP Industry Building Blocks events & workshops 2019 series.

  • 13 April 2019


    Stall Bunbury Ag Show

    Invited by the South West Environment Centre to share space in their double booth, we for the first time showcased two of our members locally made hemp products. Vasse Vally Hemp Farm and Hemp Co.

  • 6 April 2019


    Stall Balingup Small Farm Field Day

    Hemp was represented by 3 of our members business, Hemp Co, Hemp Cannabiz and Bronwyn Blake of Vasse Vally Hemp Farm presented industry workshops.

  • 31 January 2019

    WA government Industrial Hemp Roundtable Discussion

    Hosted again by Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, this time in Manjimup at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Manjimup office / Premium Food Centre. Where she announced the successful recipients of the Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme and we along with other peak industry bodies were invited to present our key achievements and an update on industry issues and challenges facing the industry. After the discussion the mMinister and the recipients visited a local organic hemp farm and a media opportunity was grasped.

  • 14 October 2018

    Stall Margaret River Ag Show

    Again as part of the Sustainability Shed Community

  • 15 September 2018


    Hosted our 3rd annual iHemposiumWA - SOLD OUT

    The WA hemp information & networking event followed by our AGM was held at Maker & Co. in Bunbury. 12 speaker, 12 stalls, 150 people, a great success…the hardest part was having to deny people entry after we reached capacity. A duly elected new committee of 8 was unanimously voted in. A huge thank you to all who attended, represented, presented and especially our wonderful volunteers.

    Visit our Youtube Channel Playlist to watch the recorded presentations: iHemposiumWA 2018

  • 11 September 2018

    Maximum allowable THC levels raised to 1%

    Industrial Hemp Act 2004 Amendment Bill 2018 was put before the Executive Council on the 11th September and has been proclaimed.  The Bill is now Law!

  • 18 April 2018

  • 10 March 2018

    Hemp Information Seminar - Donnybrook

    We were invited to present the Story of iHempWA and sit on a Q&A panel by the Shire of Donnybrook

  • 27 February 2018


    Inaugural Australian Industrial Hemp Conference

    Held in Geelong was a very successful and sold out event. the 2nd bi-annual Conference will be hosted here in Fremantle 25-28 February 2020.

  • 22 February 2018

    WA government Industrial Hemp Roundtable Discussion

    We were invited to attend the Roundtable hosted by Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade. Following the meeting the Minister instigated the legislative change that came to fruition 11 September 2018.

  • 2 December 2017


    Attended the 1st Hemp Health & Innovation Expo Melbourne

  • 12 November 2017


    Hemp Seed legalised for human consumption in OZ & NZ

    Well actually only de-natured (dead) hemp seed is legal to eat. Gosh what would happen to society if people could buy whole living hemp seeds to eat as mother nature provides, sprouted seed, micro greens or even fresh raw leaves from a small bushy tree laden with more seeds to feed the family… Oh no we can’t have that… Oh yes we did prior prohibition. We remain grateful for small miracles.

  • 23 Sept 2017


    Hosted our 2nd iHemposiumWA

    Hosted in the Margaret River Shire Council Chambers. 8 speakers entertained and enlightened 50 people. Thanks to our friend Karl you can watch the presentations retrospectively on our website. The event was followed by our AGM, attended by 21 members and a committee of 9 was formed.

  • 4 June 2017


    Stall Toodyay Fibre Festival

  • 4 August 2015


    Incorporation of Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc.

  • 27 May 2017


    Hemp Health & Innovation Expo - Sydney

    We were invited to be part of the Hemp Alliance’s booth and they had living cannabis plants in a portable grow room on display, which a couple of Police Force Officers tried to shut down 😀

  • 18 May 2017


    A Life of it’s Own movie event

    Hosted in Margaret River, to raise awareness around medical Cannabis, as a fundraiser and membership drive. Very successful with 124 movie tickets and 50 (illegal at the time) hemps seed and roast vege burgers sold.

  • 27 February 2017


    iHempWA Growers Group Field Day

    Bus tour of 3 hemp farms in SW. Covered by the ABC who took a group photo and said they would share it with us…

  • November 2016

  • 27 November 2016


    Stall Fair Harvest Permaculture Festival of Fibre

  • 6 Nov 2016


    Cannabis WA Information Event

    Co-hosted with Western Australian Cannabis Awareness Network (WACAN) a smoke and alcohol free family event.

  • 15 October 2016


    Stall Margaret River Ag Show

    As part of the Sustainability Shed

  • 24 September 2016


    Hosted our inaugural iHemposiumWA

    The event was designed to provide our members with value, get members to our AGM, attract new members, share information and build community. Held in Cowaramup, 6 speakers presented to 60 people.

  • 15 July 2016

  • 26 May 2016


    Attended the 1st Australian Hemp Health & Innovation Expo in Sydney

  • 14 April 2016


    Stall Ballingup Farm Field Day

    Our 1st public event

  • 21 November 2015


    Strategic Plan Workshop

    The 3 year plan 2016-2018 helped steer our energy in the best direction and we are well on our way to achieving all our short and long term goals. the document can be accessed via the members access dropbox. Hosted by the Blake’s in Carbanup

    Strategic Plan group shot

  • 4 October 2015


    Inaugural Annual General Meeting

    Held in Margaret River. Of the 22 people in attendance 12 nominated for a committee position. Video and images of the event was recorded for prosperity, we’re as yet to receive the recordings.