The vision for WA Hemp Growers Co-op Ltd (HempGro) is to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia.

Our Story

The WA Hemp Growers’ Co-op Ltd (HempGro) was established out of a need by a number of growers to band together to develop a stronger voice in the Australian hemp industry.

Industrial hemp is an industry in its infancy in Australia, however it has a strong history in other parts of the world. Canada, Europe and now China are strong players in the hemp industry and Australia is just beginning to find its place.

In November 2017 hemp seed was legalised for human consumption, opening up a new market and giving hope and momentum to invest in the industry.

The formation of our co-op was driven by growers through the need for more knowledge, infrastructure and large scale investment and industry-wide collaboration.

HempGro was formally established in April 2018 with wide-scale support from industry and government.

We are just starting out on our journey. Through member participation and industry collaboration we will strive to achieve our vision to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia.

Australia’s first hemp growers’ co-operative sprouts in WA

HempGro Board and Staff

Nicole Botica (Chairperson)

Hemp industry experience
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 committee member for iHemp Association and currently has a small business making handmade Hemp Seed Oil soaps and lotions.

Other skills and experience
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. Presently she is developing her skills in co-operative management through a post graduate course from University of Newcastle on Co-operative Organisation and Management.

WA Hemp Growers' Co-op Honorary CEO

Gail Stubber (Honorary Executive Officer)

Hemp industry experience
Gail Stubber has been growing since 2016.  She is Vice President of the Ihemp Association and has been on the committee for two years.  She was the co-founder of the WA Hemp Growers Facebook page and maintains an administrative role on the site.

Other skills and experience
Gail has a Masters in Sustainable Development based on community engagement practices and finding ways to engage country towns in raising community consciousness.  She applies her skills in democratic decision making to the development of the co-op and harnessing the talents and passions of our farmers.  She is presently developing her skills in co-operative management through a post graduate course from University of Newcastle on Co-operative Organisation and Management.

Liz Alford (Treasurer)

Hemp industry experience

Liz is new to the hemp industry but she was there in the 1970’s trying to get the industry up and growing.  Now she and her daughter’s family are farming hemp together out of Donnybrook.

Other skills and experience

Liz has spent her whole life as a broad acre farmer (sheep and cropping) until moving to Donnybrook in 2015.  She now has a small farm.  Liz has run her own business for the past 23 years, training farmers to do their own books, budgeting, production management records. She is a bookkeeper.  She is also a Registered Freshcare trainer.

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David Hiscox (Board Member)

Hemp industry experience
David is new to the hemp industry, having just one season’s experience in growing the plant successfully.  He has had extensive agricultural experience in broad acre cultivation from more than 20 years as a broad-acre farmer, and growing hemp has been a positive learning experience after growing cereals.

Other skills and experience
David has accumulated extensive knowledge during his time as a farmer, and is experienced in machinery design, maintenance and repairs.  Also, steel construction and welding.  He has had 6 years’ experience in the petroleum industry as a tanker driver/delivery technician and also some sales experience. He currently is involved in the transport industry,  and the logistical area in particular.

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Richard Davy

Hemp industry experience
Richard is new to the hemp industry but sees massive potential on many levels for the crop. He has grown hemp for one season.

Other skills and experience
Richard was born into dairy farming and is a certified organic grower. He has studied biological soil science and holistic resource management and applies these practices when managing his farm. He has a strong creative side and practical problem-solving abilities.


Gail Stubber
Executive Officer

Mob: 0449 686 928

[email protected]


PO Box 59
Carbunup General Store
Carbunup River, 6280

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