Wesfarmers Chemical, Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) is excited to announce the recipients of its 2022-23 WesCEF Community Grants program.
WesCEF has been operating in the Kwinana and Rockingham community for over 80 years through its divisional businesses Kleenheat and CSBP.
The program saw $23,000 awarded to six community groups from the Kwinana and Rockingham areas, including, for the first time, three not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations. This brings the total value of grants awarded since the program began in 2017 to $98,000.
WesCEF Managing Director Ian Hansen said that the decision to expand the grants to include Aboriginal groups stemmed from WesCEF’s commitment to reconciliation, and that the organisation’s support of Aboriginal-focused initiatives extends beyond the workplace and into the community.
“At WesCEF we believe that all businesses have an important role to play in developing a more equitable, just and harmonious society, particularly through supporting reconciliation and strengthening relationships between the Aboriginal community and socially responsible organisations,” Mr Hansen said.
WesCEF has a long-standing presence in the Kwinana and Rockingham areas through its CSBP and Kleenheat businesses . Many of our people, including our Aboriginal employees, live and work in the area, giving us a closer connection and understanding of the local community.”
“This connection has allowed WesCEF to build long-term relationships with Aboriginal organisations, listening to these groups and tailoring our grant programs to what they need and what can most meaningfully support their community.”
Four $2,000 grants were awarded to:
- Bungaree Primary School to create a native Aboriginal garden.
- East Waikiki Primary School to support an after-school robotics club.
- South East Regional Centre for Urban Landscape to purchase electrical equipment to monitor nesting and breeding of local brush-tailed phascogales (small marsupials).
- City of Rockingham Library for an after-school ‘Girls in STEM’ program.
Two $5,000 grants were awarded to:
- Kwinana Djindas Grassroots Netball Club for a mixed community netball carnival.
- Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Workshop Series.
Applications for the 2023 Community Grants program open in July 2023.
To read updates on these projects through the year, visit WesCEF Community Grants program.