Grow Our Own is a regional partnership

Local Industry within the Western Riverina share the belief that education underpins regional growth and prosperity. Working together with the management Regional Development Australia Riverina a partnership with local leaders from industry, education, community and government has come together to pilot an education and skills plan for the region.

This pilot plan aims to improve the level of education participation and skills retention in the Western Riverina.

New partner organisations are welcome. Please contact Cassandra Cadorin, Regional Development Australia.


Steering Committee


Grow Our Own was proudly launched in August 2015.

From left to right:  Mayor John Dal Broi, Griffith City Council;  Ken Murphy, Acting General Manager, Carathool Shire Council;  Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University;  George Weston, Deputy Mayor, Leeton Shire Council;  Terri Connellan, Relieving Director, TAFE Riverina Institute;  David Tudor, Senior Manager, Community Partner Innovation, Bendigo Bank (at back);  Sue Molyneaux, Human Resources Manager on behalf of John Casella, Managing Director, Casella Family Brand;  Miriam Dayhew, Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Riverina NSW;  Terry McFarlane, Chairman, Yenda Producers Co-Operative;  Paul Pierotti, President, Griffith Business Chamber;  Betsy Farrugia, Secretary, Western Riverina Careers Advisers Network;  Tania Speer, Program Manager, Getset Inc;  Graham Heffer, President, Leeton Chamber of Commerce & Industry;  Alan Le Brocque, Principal, Marian Catholic College, for Catholic Schools Office Wagga;  David Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Western Riverina Community College.

Grow Our Own 2017 team.

From left to right back: Peta Argus (Bendigo Bank) Gillian Kirkup ( SunRice), Yvette Stewart ( Pinnacle HPC Accounting), Karen Hutchinson ( Murrumbidgee Irrigation), Paul Smith (Flavourtech), Megan Mulrooney (Compact)
From left to right front: Kate O’Callaghan (Southern Cotton), Monique DeRossi (DeBortoli Wines), Jacqui Bramwell (Deakin University)

Grow our Own by 2020

• People from the Western Riverina will have access to a broad choice of tertiary education courses locally through several delivery models. More young people remain in the region after finishing school, complete higher education locally and gain sustainable local employment resulting from strong connections with local employers during their schooling and tertiary education.

• Western Riverina’s employers are able to attract locally qualified workers into growth industries. Local employers have developed relationships with their future employees through coordinated and targeted local engagement.

• Schools, parents and young people will have a strong understanding of the Western Riverina labor market, and the local pathways to be able to access education and training leading to sustainable local jobs.

• More young people from under-represented groups have been able to access tertiary education because of scholarship support provided by local partnerships.

• The Western Riverina continues economic growth through benefitting from the increased human capital due to improved educational access.