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The ‘Gillamii” (pronounced gillam–eye) concept originated in 1993. Local farmers, had the idea for a community based centre to promote and streamline lancare. It could also help service the local Land Conservation Districts (LCD’s). A meeting to gauge interest and ideas was quickly followed by a presentation to the Cranbrook Shire which agreed to fund a building to house the centre.

So where did the name ‘Gillamii’ come from? The Gillamii Centre was named after Mr Alf Gillam who was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for his work in conservation, he also once owned the building that houses the Gillamii Centre. The Gillam Bell (Darwin Oxylepis) was named after Mr Gillam who found that there were differences between this and the very similar Cranbrook Bell, both of which are found in the Stirling Range National Park.

By 1994 the Tunney Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) was able to hold the first meeting in the Gillamii Centre. In 1996 the Department of Agriculture WA moved into the Gillamii Centre to allow the local community access to all the Departments services and to compliment what the Gillamii Centre already had to offer the local community.

The Department of Agriculture & Food WA joined the Gillamii Centre in 1996, when it established the Gillamii Community Agriculture Centre (CAC). Cranbrook was considered a strategic location for the Department, as previously it was one hours drive for the Cranbrook community to access a district office in either Albany or Katanning. The CAC established within the Gillamii building so the local community could access all the services and resources, and as a first point of contact with the Department of Agriculture & Food. Two officers are based at the Gillamii Centre. One is a Biosecurity Officer/Livestock Compliance Officer and the other a Development Officer.

The Gillamii Centre caters for all enterprises related to farming. From sheep to salinity and revegetation.

The Biosecurity Officer has many roles that include face to face involvement with many people (including farmers and local government officials). The programs the Biosecurity Officer works in include:Declared Weeds
  • Declared Animals
  • 1080 Poison Applications
  • Emergency Response Training
  • Plant and Seed Identification
  • Chemical Calibrations
  • Footrot Inspections
  • OJD Surveillance
  • Stock Brands
  • Spraying Permits
  • Stock Movement Permits and
  • Varied Emergency Responses including:
    - locusts
    - coddling moth
    - chalk brood
    - sparrow sightings
    - foot and mouth in the UK
    - Tenterden Bushfire

      Development Officer
      The role of the Development Officer is to provide development opportunities to farmers and farm businesses within the district. The Development Officer can provide information for all enterprises (Livestock, cropping, pastures, horticulture, viticulture etc) within a farming systems context, including natural resource management information, combining production and sustainability. The officer is able to provide access to all the services and resources of the Department, as the role is very much one of ‘general advisor’. The officer is also able to assist with local trials and demonstrations, funding applications, field days, workshops, training and general enquiries.

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