Attention Rural Producers: New $14.9m program promoting collaboration in rural Australia

farmingtogetherAn exciting new farming project is on offer … the $14.9m Farming Together initiative is a national, two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.

Here is an opportunity to boost economic returns in Australia’s rural and regional farming and food sectors.


Visit the easy-to-use website ( and complete the simple self-assessment – no extensive forms to fill in.

All farmers who register receive one-on-one expert advice to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group. This could be either as a structured co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group.

The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments.

Huge opportunities exist for any Australian citizen who farms within the ATO recognised guidelines (


Phone Nick or Andrew on 1800 00 55 55


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NWEC Spring Gathering and Annual General Meeting Sat 17 September


It’s time again for our Annual General Meeting and Spring Gathering, to be held at 235 Ironcliffe Road, Penguin.

The AGM will commence at 10am on Saturday 17 September, followed by a delicious lunch of freshly cooked pizzas from our wood-fired pizza oven, along with salads, sweets and hot or cold drinks.

You must be a current member to nominate or vote for the committee. However, if your membership is not current, you may pay before the AGM and this payment will carry you through until the end of 2017. Fees are unchanged and remain as follows:

Single membership – waged $10, unwaged $5

Family membership – waged $15, unwaged $10

Please consider whether you would like to be a part of the decision-making body for your North West Environment Centre. We are planning a new format for next year’s festival, with a new venue and a wider range of stalls and activities. We are also undergoing a process of rejuvenation at the Community Garden; a new project is providing up to 50 raised garden beds made from repurposed fruit crates, with wheelchair access between each row.
For more information, email
For those who are members of CENTs, fees may be paid in half CENTs and half cash, and members paying for 5 years in advance attract a 20% discount.
See for more information about CENTs