Kidman Resources acquisition

Kidman Resources became part of the Wesfarmers Group on 23 September 2019 following approval by Kidman shareholders on 5 September 2019 of a scheme of arrangement under which Wesfarmers acquired all Kidman shares for $1.90 cash per share. 

Kidman Resources will no longer be listed on the ASX from close of trading on 24 September 2019. Further shareholder information can be found at Wesfarmers’ website.

Wesfarmers 2019 Half-year Results and Special Dividend

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $4,538 million for the half-year ended 31 December 2018. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $3,059 million relating to discontinued operations, including gains on the demerger of Coles and disposal of Bengalla, Kmart Tyre and Auto Service (KTAS), and Quadrant Energy which were completed during the half-year. NPAT from continuing operations increased 10.4 per cent to $1,080 million.

Wesfarmers 2018 Full Year Results

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $1,197 million for the full-year ended 30 June 2018. 

The reported profit includes a loss from discontinued operations of $1,407 million, which reflects the trading results and significant items for Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) and Curragh, which were divested during the financial year. 

NPAT from continuing operations, excluding a $300 million non-cash impairment in Target, increased 5.2 per cent to $2,904 million.

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Data visualisations driving innovation at AGR

Australian Gold Reagents (AGR) is using Microsoft Power BI to improve efficiency and safety across its operations.

As a tool that aggregates, analyses and visualises data, Power BI has been implemented with the assistance of the Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) IT team who helped configure and troubleshoot the models as part of a collaborative approach at WesCEF.

The models draw information from a variety of sources including MacroView Historian (plant data), Labware, Cintillate, Appointment Book and JDE, generating useful data for engineers, supervisors and managers to monitor and view key plant metrics.

WesCEF Chief Information Officer Alex Larson said the models relayed information about parameters such as pressures, temperatures and flow rates, as well as production, utility usage, lab results, and quality measures.

“Having successfully implemented Power BI’s features, AGR teams are now able to view production, key metrics, hazards reported, outstanding actions, and work orders all within the same model,” said Mr Larson.

Further uses of the software at AGR include creating a performance index for plants, tracking lost tonnes, and viewing product despatch data.

“Innovative projects like this are just some of the opportunities our Information Technology and Systems employees are exposed to on a daily basis to make a real impact across our diverse chemicals, energy and fertilisers businesses,” said Mr Larson.

(AGR is the management company of the CSBP sodium cyanide manufacturing joint venture with Coogee Chemicals.)

WesCEF traineeship makes Brittany SMYL

WesCEF Trainee Brittany Dalgetty

WesCEF Trainee Brittany Dalgetty

‘Variety’ is the first word that comes to mind for Brittany Dalgetty when asked to describe her traineeship at WesCEF. The friendly 18-year-old is WesCEF’s newest administration team member based at Murdoch reception.

In November 2016, Brittany commenced a 12-month Traineeship in Cert III in Business with Time Training, completing her work experience at WesCEF.  

“I had no idea what I wanted to do after school, but I knew I wanted to gain experience in reception and administration,” she said.

As well as being the smiling face that greets visitors, Brittany is building her skills in other areas of the team including helping out the mailroom, processing invoices, arranging building maintenance and assisting employees with day-to-day bookings and queries.

Brittany attributes her new-found confidence to the traineeship opportunity.

“One of the biggest challenges about working on reception was facing my shyness,” she said.

“I am proud of achieving a fulltime traineeship with WesCEF; it helped me finish my schooling and gave me the confidence to deal with difficult situations along the way.”

Brittany’s manager Ann Chappell echoes her sentiments.

“Brittany’s confidence has flourished and willingness to learn makes her a valued team member,” she said.

Brittany was offered her opportunity through WesCEF’s partnership with South Metro Youth Link (SMYL) Community Services, a not-for-profit service provider supporting people and communities to make positive changes for their future.

WesCEF and SMYL joined forces in 2014 with the aim of supporting Aboriginal youth in the Kwinana/Rockingham area to build future capability and workplace experience through school-based traineeships.

Since then, five senior high school students have participated school-based traineeships including Brittany, who completed a part-time traineeship on reception at CSBP and Murdoch while she finished school, moving to her current, full-time traineeship after she graduated Year 12.  

384 reasons to celebrate

WesCEF’s long-standing association with Australia’s Clontarf Foundation shines through in its 2016 end of year report.

WesCEF has been involved with the Clontarf Foundation since 2005, a relationship that continues through the provision of student places at Gilmore Academy, in-kind contributions and the generous support of our employees at WesCEF, CSBP and Kleenheat.


WesCEF Aboriginal Development Consultant Noelene Mantellato said Clontarf provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk Aboriginal boys who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance.

“Our association with the Foundation aims to support improvement in education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects so these kids are better equipped to interact with and contribute to the social, economic and cultural life around them,” said Ms Mantellato.

The Foundation’s graduating students were drawn from 84 Academies across Australia, with 384 Year 12 students completing their studies in 2016. The students from will join a growing cohort of 2,286 graduates since the Foundation opened its doors in 2000.

The Foundation’s graduating students were drawn from 84 Academies across Australia, with 384 Year 12 students completing their studies in 2016. The students from will join a growing cohort of 2,286 graduates since the Foundation opened its doors in 2000.

As part of the partnership, WesCEF also participates in Clontarf events such as the annual Employment Forum, hosting workplace tours for Clontarf students, and providing development opportunities including participation in work experience and school-based traineeships.

According figures in the report, there are 4,446 Clontarf Foundation students in 84 schools across five state and territories.  

Building tomorrow's bright sparx

Students from Rockingham Senior High School have unleashed their inner scientists as part of the inaugural iCAREER Bright Sparx Club.

Developed in partnership with The Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) and Murdoch University, the recently launched after school club forms the newest part of WesCEF’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) initiative

The Program gives 20 students in Years 8-9 the opportunity to raise their confidence and aspirations while building their awareness of STEM careers.

Over ten weeks the students will participate in a range of STEM based activities including an excursion to CSBP and Murdoch University.

Chris Oughton, Director, KIC said the iCAREER Project demonstrated KIC’s commitment towards providing ongoing opportunities for students in the local region.

“This newest component of our Education Development Program is deliberately targeting the younger students who want to put that extra bit of effort in now, so that they can really focus on what course subjects they will put their energies into during their high school years.”

Ian Hansen, WesCEF Chief Operating Officer, said that WesCEF was proud to partner with KIC and Murdoch University to develop the inaugural Bright Sparx Club.

“The demand for STEM-related skills has always been high in industry, so programs like the Bright Sparx Club are vital to foster a love of learning in STEM subjects.

This initiative will also facilitate and important and necessary link between the subjects taught at school and real-life careers.”

iCAREER Bright Sparx Club participants and dignitaries from WesCEF, KIC Mudoch University

iMen get a taste for innovation

iMen get a taste for innovation

A showcase of innovative technology used at CSBP and Kleenheat, which form part of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF), ignited the curiosity of 32 students on a recent site tour. Demonstrations of drones, virtual reality and robots highlighted WesCEF’s commitment to innovation and encouragement for the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).