The Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman’s Association (KPCA) has been busy the last six months helping to build leadership and practical skills throughout Northern WA and also has a new CEO on board.
Emma White has taken over from Catherine Marriott as Chief Executive Office from December 2017.
Ms White comes from the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister and has a wealth of business and advocacy experience in Northern Australia.
Prior to Ms Marriott’s departure, KPCA ran a five-day Leadership Boot Camp in Broome in November 2017. This aimed to build leadership skills and capacity in not only our managers, but also aspiring leaders.
“Through the ‘Right Mind Leadership Program’, 25 participants were shown how to improve their communication, leadership and networking skills to ensure more people of all ages stay and become actively involved in leadership roles in the workplace and the community,” former CEO of KPCA Catherine Marriott said.
“The rural leaders boot camp was a great opportunity for myself to gain a greater insight into human interactions between different personality types and how to optimise those interactions through a greater awareness,” Mariah Maughan, Development Officer for Northern Beef Futures said.
“The program was mentally and physically challenging encouraging participants to push themselves to get the most of the three-day program,” she said.
The Bootcamp was run with support from the West Kimberley LCDC through funding from the WA State Government’s State NRM Program, Royalties for Regions and Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
At the end of October 2017, the KPCA Innovation Conference was held in Kununurra to bring innovation to the region and creating networking opportunities.
“This was a great opportunity to keep members and guests informed of innovations in our industry, to share ideas, create energy in our region and industry and provide an opportunity for suppliers to interact with producers,” Ms Marriott said.
“With around 195 delegates, this was a great event to build confidence within the industry and share positive land management stories,” Grey Mackay, Rangelands NRM Northern Program Manager said.
The Pilbara Livestock Handling Cup was held at Yarrie Station in August 2017 and saw 16 teams of three stockmen and women compete to take animals through a course, showcasing stockmanship skills.
The course was designed to challenge the stock handlers and they were judged on quietness, team work, communication and style in the yard and industry knowledge in the question and answer session.
Trainer and judge Boyd Holden from Holden Livestock Solutions ran the competition and also held a session on animal welfare and natural resource management the day before the competition. This session served those who listened well as it assisted in the question and answer part of the competition.
“This event was designed to not only promote good livestock handling practices on station, but also for ringers to increase their awareness of industry animal welfare stands and NRM and to learn from each other,” Ms Marriott said.
This was made possible with very generous support from Pilbara Development Commission and also Rangelands NRM.
A video of the 2017 Pilbara Livestock Stockman Cup can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-RyV-AoqcU&feature=share