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  • 'Look Ever Forward' With Matthew Lunn
  • Member Profile - Baileys Fertiliser
  • NGIA Structure Review Committee Visit
  • Retailers Night - Emotional Intelligence (22/6)
  • NGIWA Members' Breakfast (29/6)
  • NGIV Member Visit And Dinner (20/7)
  • Workshop - Understanding Your Business Financials
  • Member Benefit - Long Road Website Development
  • NGIWA Membership Fees 2016/2017
  • Plant Merchant App
  • Nursery For Sale In Denmark (WA)
  • Member Bulletin Board - For Sale 
  • Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations at Dawsons Garden World
  • Waterwise Garden Centres
  • Advertise In NGIWA eNews
'Look Ever Forward' With Matthew Lunn
It has been just over a month since I joined NGIWA, and already I am getting a real feel for where our members believe we should be heading. The clear message is that it is time to move forward.
Each week I aim to meet at least six members and their operations, as well as approach new people within our industry who may want to join and add value to our Association. Two key issues that I am constantly reminding myself that must be addressed when I am out and about is, how to get more member involvement above and beyond just paying the subscription and secondly, potential members need to be informed of the many benefits joining can bring. The answer is clear - communication!
A few months ago I was less qualified to state why 
NGIWA is a worthy component to your business however, today I can see that this Association has the potential to be Western Australia's peak horticultural organisation. Unfortunately, we need a few more rungs on the Board to really grow so that those around us want to be a part of all that we do within the industry.
The good news is we have a sound base from which to develop our potential. Jane 
Cleary, sees to our daily administration, and is already working on developing our website for delivery very soon.  I see this as being an essential component of our front of shop. Our finances are stable and our members come from a variety of professional businesses that can also assist the Association in reaching out across all areas of horticulture and in doing so strengthen our name.
I have asked the 
NGIWA Board to list the benefits of NGIWA as well as identify our competitors. Understanding and improving our product, and placing ourselves in the market as a leader, is the key to moving forward in the coming twelve months.
You are all invited to meet me and fellow members at a free breakfast at The 
Shorehouse in Swanbourne on June 29th where we can further discuss these goals and work closely together to achieve success. So please put this date in your diary. Our success depends on your support!
Matthew Lunn, CEO
Member Profile - Baileys Fertiliser
As I started compiling my first round of members to go and visit I was keen to reacquaint my friendship with Kim Bailey.  I have known Kim for the best part of twenty years; working closely with him and his team on fertiliser programs at Curtin University, on industry committees and on Curtin 100.1 FM. I hold Kim in high regard when it comes to business advice and in his words, “you’ve always got to know where that next buck comes from".
As I head to Baileys HQ I knew I was going to be grilled on the merits of the Association and how it was being run. Kim always likes to know the deal straight up. As I enter through the main doors I am met with the same décor that I have known for the past 20 years; brown brick walls and a gallery of awards.
I head into his office and am greeted with that cry of “Matt, come on in”.  Files are on the floor and Kim leans back in his favourite desk chair against the wall. Our conversation quickly leads onto the Association and he queries the role of the Board. “Do they have portfolios, what are the KPI’s for
NGIWA?"  I knew I was going to be grilled!
Thankfully Board member (and Kim's daughter) Gen appears with my cuppa and she is able to support me in his question. We chat further and he reminds me of the good old days of Garden Week at Perry Lakes and how money was just thrown around for such events and the Association was a thriving concern. “Matt the thing is, it’s got to run like a business. It can’t stand still and hope to survive.”
A tour of the Baileys operations by Gen soon follows and as we walk through the production area, we see household gardening products like Bailey’s Premium Potting Mix and Grosorb starting their journey. These are some of Bailey’s best sellers.
Lunch is provided at Kim’s favourite café in Old Rockingham and our discussions soon lead onto sponsorship and an alliance with
NGIWA. Kim has always been a great supporter of our industry and has always believed that to receive, you must put back. We talk about the value of sponsorship and why businesses enter into such arrangements and also why they shy away. 

As I head for my car to return home, Gen asks me what I learned today. I quickly think on my feet. “It’s the importance of thinking ahead of your competitors, ensuring we deliver key performance indicators and produce quality in all we do”.  What I should have said was the value of friendship.
Matthew Lunn, CEO
NGI Structure Review Committee Visit 
Following the NGIWA Board meeting on Tuesday 14th June, we hosted the NGIA Structure Review Forum where eight members attended to have their say. The presentation and review process was conducted by Gary Eyles (Chairman), Glenn Fenton (Deputy Chair) and Gena Campbell who posed several questions to the group, looking at what they expected from the state and national associations.

Key discussion points included the present NGI structure, and what everyone felt should be retained and what should be considered for change.

Overall there was common support in regards to the importance of biosecurity engagement and management, continued technical support for members by an Industry Development Officer, the importance of  member benefits, concerns over the future of DAFWA, assistance in funding and technical support and the importance of promoting and providing practical business support to both existing and future independent garden centre managers.

A formal report outlining recommendations to the NGIA Board and State/Territory Boards will be available by the end of November 2016. The NGIWA Board will formally submit its recommendations by mid-July and would appreciate feedback and comments from members who were unable to attend the forum.  You can do this by contacting Matt Lunn on 0410 714 207 or emailing
Retailers Night - Emotional Intelligence
RSVPs Extended to Tuesday 21st June
NGIWA Members' Breakfast
NGIV Member Visit & Dinner
A group of around 20 members from Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria will be heading west on their Annual Interstate Tour from the 20th to 22nd July.  Their three-day tour provides members with an opportunity to experience a broader view of the nursery and garden industry with a guided tour across WA.

The tour includes visits to:

  • Wafex 
  • Domus Nursery
  • Benara Nursery
  • Kings Park Botanic Gardens and plant breeding facility
  • Hope Valley Nursery
  • Touchwood Nursery
  • Baldivis Market Gardens
  • A tour with Josh Byrne through the new innovative residential development WGV
Members of NGIWA are invited to join the group for dinner on
Wednesday 20th July from 6.30pm
Little Creatures Brewery, Mews Rd Fremantle

Please RSVP to by Tuesday 19th July

This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet others in the industry, share stories and swap notes!!  It is the perfect way to learn from others and make new and lasting friendships.
Workshop - Understanding Your Business Financials
Understanding business financials is the life blood of your business success.  Don’t be baffled by profit and loss statements, balance sheets or cash flow statements.  Learn how to understand and make them work for you!  This easy-to-follow workshop simplifies this complex topic and provides ways to identify the financial information you need to:
  • know exactly how your business is performing
  • make key financial decisions
  • identify which figures you should be tracking regularly
  • spot a problem in the business that needs rectifying
When:    Tuesday 26th July 10am to 1pm
Where:   Boardroom - Food, Fibre & Timber Industries
               6/800 Albany Hwy East Victoria Park
Cost:      FREE for 
NGIWA members; $15pp for non-members
               (normally costs $50 per person)
RSVP: or phone 0419 930008

This workshop is presented by Lisa Reed on behalf of 
NGIWA and the Small Business Development Corporation. A management accountant by trade, Lisa is a numbers person who invests a whole lot of heart in people too.  She believes that improving the financials is a wholistic combination of people; staff, customers, suppliers and community. She has passionately created, guided and nurtured happy, healthy and profitable businesses for 25 years.  Lisa was employed by publicly listed and multinational companies prior to starting her own business consultancy in 2003.  She combines a unique mix of commercial and people skills.  Lisa has co-authored one book with Mardi Palmer, The Business Mystic: A practical guide to being in business and having a life.

Includes light refreshments.

Please RSVP by Thursday 21st July
NEW!  NGIWA Member Benefit - Long Road Website Development
Long Road Website Development are now offering our NGIWA members a special deal on website design, development, hosting and management.  Paul Andrews has been developing websites for over 20 years and specialises in designing content management system websites that allow his clients to connect with the world in a whole new way - via their own mobile responsive, mobile friendly website. When connected to their social media accounts and other promotional tools, clients have a new medium to reach and service their customers or prospective customers. 

Long Road can also train you in running your own content management system website or you may enter into an ongoing arrangement where Paul will manage ongoing content updates and other regular tasks. He will custom design a plan to suit you and your website needs - no matter how big or small the task. 

NGIWA members who contact Long Road Website Development will receive a FREE initial consultation and FREE hosting service for the first 12 months - valued at $385.

NGIWA Membership Fees 2016/2017
Below are the prices for NGIWA membership fees applicable from 1st July 2016.  There has been a $25 increase in the national affiliation fees which now equate to $275 of each membership (excl GST) while NGIWA have kept our price increase to reflect the CPI.
Plant Merchant - The New App To Help Nurseries
Nursery retailers and wholesalers have a lot to do. That’s no secret. From day to day work with the green life to management tasks like ordering, invoicing and inventory, and yes, it can get crazy. That’s why some clever nursery workers, the team at Plant Merchant, have created an app for nursery workers. The whole idea is to save serious time and supercharge efficiency – time is, after all, money.

Plant Merchant is set to revolutionise the logistical processes of the industry, and it’s easy to use. Really easy. If you can use a smart phone, then you can benefit from the Plant Merchant app. In fact, its versatility is unmatched, allowing wholesalers to utilise their existing smartphone, tablet or desktop technology and manage orders from anywhere in the nursery! Moving stock, pruning or picking orders in the greenhouse? No problem, simply get out your phone right where you are to get an urgent job done. It’s really that good.

Plant Merchant is a direct business-to-business tool. In a nutshell, it links nurseries and their retailers, so nurseries can see all their retailers in the one easy place. They can literally “snap a photo” of their plants on their smartphone and upload them directly and instantly through the in-built camera. This is a feature no other green life technology tool offers to all retailers. The retailer can then view the seasonal photos of plants, place orders and track spending. It begs the question – how have we survived before? Plant Merchant utilises Cloud Storage – another exclusive feature - meaning the entire database is live, secure and infinite. The app’s creators really wanted to make life easier by automating the process of updating stock levels. Imagine not having to update stock levels manually! By doing so, they have seen a huge increase in productivity. With the
launching of Plant Merchant, now everybody has access to this godsend.
Sounds good, so is it affordable? Well yes, that was the maker’s intent too. They wanted everyone to be able to afford the app. Plant Merchant has two types of value-packed subscriptions, one catering for small to medium nurseries and another for larger production operations (with features like unlimited ordering). It’s time to get off the old paper systems and start making nursery-life easier for you!

To find out more about available subscriptions, and how the Plant Merchant app can work for you, jump online at or call (02) 6681 5294. The team at Alchemy Innovations are happy to walk you through the features and benefits, plus, they’ll always be there to provide support.                    
This is a paid editorial and not an endorsement from NGIWA
Nursery For Sale In Denmark (WA)
Member Bulletin Board - FOR SALE Travelling Irrigation System
5 x travelling irrigators for sale. full working condition with electric motors, pipework and VSD's. Only a few years old. Please contact Ryan McKay at G & S Seedlings on 0439 516771.
Free Rose Pruning Demonstrations At Dawsons Garden World

Dawson's Garden World are running free rose pruning demonstrations at their Forrestfield, Joondalup, Swanbourne and O’Connor stores. All sessions start at 11am on the following days:

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016

Rose pruning is actually very easy. Why not head down and watch one of the free rose pruning demonstrations? These popular, practical sessions are presented by Dawson’s staff and cover all aspects of rose pruning and winter rose care. Come along and join in!

Can’t get along to one of the sessions? Not to worry! Watch resident horticultural expert Tim Parker as he shows you a quick and simple way to prune your roses this winter. Watch the video and follow these simple rules and you will have a happy and healthy rose bush in no time!

Click here to view video
Waterwise Garden Centres
Ardess Nursery
Australian Native Nurseries Group
Boyanup Botanical
Complete Botanics
Dawsons Garden World
Dawsons Garden World
Dawsons Garden World
Dawsons Garden World
Denmark Nursery & Florist
Donnybrook Hardware & Garden
Everbloom Garden Centre
Garden Affair
Garden Elegance
Geographe Community Landcare Nursery
Guildford Town Garden Centre
Leschenault Community Nursery
Lullfitz Nursery
Lullfitz Nursery Oakford
McBrides Garden Centre & Landscaping
McCays Manjimup Mitre 10
Narrogin Nursery & Cafe
Oyster Harbour Landscape Supplies
Poppy's Patch
Zanthorrea Nursery
Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
NGIWA eNews is one of our key communications that hits all of our member's in-boxes each month.  At present our eNews database is around 250 and is growing rapidly.

Do you have an event you wish to promote, a training course you wish to 
advertise, a position you wish to fill, or a product you wish to sell?  All NGIWA members can use our eNews to do just that for FREE (up to five times per year).  Non-members will be charged a small fee.

We also have a great Facebook page and a new website being launched soon - perfect platforms where you can display your message!

For further details or to send in your advertisement, please contact Jane Cleary at
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Upcoming NGIWA Workshops and Events
June 22
Retailers Night - "Emotional Intelligence"
Dawsons Garden World, Forrestfield
6pm to 8pm

June 29
NGIWA Members' Breakfast
The Shorehouse
7am to 9am

July 12
NGIWA Board Meeting

July 20
Dinner with members of NGIV
Little Creatures Brewery
From 6.30pm

July 26
Workshop - Understanding Your Business Financials
Food, Fibre & Timber Industries 
10am to 1pm

September 13
NGIWA Annual General Meeting
Food, Fibre & Timber Industries
5pm to 6pm (followed by dinner)

November 22
NGIWA Christmas Barefoot Lawnbowls
Mount Lawley Bowling Club
6pm to 9pm

Contact us for full details and bookings
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