August 09, 2019: CBH Group complete first network storage project for 2019-20 harvest

The CBH Group has completed the first of the permanent storage expansion projects for this year's harvest, with works at the Gairdner receival site today unveiled to growers and industry stakeholders.

Expansion works at Gairdner, located 150 kilometres north-east of Albany, included the construction of two open bulkheads that have a combined storage capacity of 46,800 tonnes. It takes the total storage capacity at the site to over 293,000 tonnes.

Throughput enhancements installed at Gairdner include a conveyor loading system with two stackers positioned at the new open bulkheads, which will increase the rate that grain can be received from trucks. In addition, an existing conveyor system at the site is currently being upgraded to receive grain at an increased 500 tonnes per hour.

The expansion is part of CBH's ongoing investment into the network, with more than $150 million budgeted for capital works this year which will add over 800,000 tonnes of new permanent storage to the network and associated inloading and outloading equipment.

CBH General Manager Project Delivery Pieter Vermeulen said practical completion of the storage expansion at Gairdner was achieved at the end of July 2019.

"We're very pleased to be able to complete the expansion at Gairdner on schedule," Mr Vermeulen said.

"The Project Delivery team is currently working closely with Operations to ensure a safe and smooth handover process that will pave the foundation for a good start to this year's harvest."

CBH General Manager Operations Ben Macnamara said investment into the network will continue to evolve to meet the requirements of growers.

"With the new storage and increased throughput capacity at Gairdner, we will be able to offer growers improved services and the option to offer additional segregations. This is especially important in this region which continues to see steady growth in grain production every year."

"By continuing to invest into the network, the co-operative can keep its network fees competitive, increase throughput capacity and efficiency, and meet export demand at the right time to capture value for our growers' grain."

Perth-headquartered WCP Civil was the lead contractor at Gairdner.







The CBH Group is Australia''s largest co-operative and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing.Owned and controlled by around 4,200 Western Australian grain growers, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to create and return value to growers.Since being established in Western Australia in 1933, CBH has continuously evolved, innovated and grown.Its storage and handling system currently receives and exports around 90 per cent of the Western Australian grain harvest and is regarded as one of the best in the world.The CBH Group owns a state-of-the-art rail fleet dedicated to the most efficient transfer of grain from country receival points to its four port terminals.The co-operative''s marketing and trading arm is the leading grain acquirer in Western Australia and has operations in eastern Australia, as well as offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Russia.In 2004 CBH bought a 50% stake in Interflour which operates 7 flour mills in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Turkey, including a grain port terminal in Vietnam; and Intermalt, a malting house in Vietnam.In 2016 CBH bought Blue Lake Milling is a leading manufacturer of premium Australian oat products operating in South Australia and Victoria.The CBH Group has total assets of more than A$2 billion and employs approximately 1,100 permanent employees and up to 1,800 casual employees during the harvest period from October through to January.

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June 18: CBH welcomes new Growers' Advisory Council appointments

The CBH Group is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new growers to our Growers' Advisory Council (GAC).

The GAC was formed in 2003 when CBH and the Grain Pool of WA merged and the then highly regarded Producers Council of WA transitioned to become the GAC.

It comprises 16 Western Australian grain growers who help to facilitate communication between the co-operative's Board and growers at grass roots level.

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May 10: CBH Group awards $150,000 for grass roots groups

The CBH Group has awarded $150,000 to 46 community and not-for-profit organisations across Western Australia as part of our Grass Roots Fund grants program.

In March, the program accepted submissions for the first of two funding rounds for 2019, receiving a bumper number of applications from schools, sporting groups, event organisers, healthcare facilities among others.

CBH General Manager Grower and External Relations Brianna Peake said the grants program was going from strength to strength and continued to play an important role in supporting regional organisations.

"The Grass Roots Fund is a significant element of our Community Investment program, which this year will see more than $1.6 million invested in partnerships, events and activities in our regional communities," Ms. Peake said.

"It was a hard choice for our Grants Committee to select the successful applications this round out of so many worthy submissions, but we know those that have been awarded funding will make a big difference to enhancing locally-run community services and events."

Successful applicant Walkaway Tennis Club received a $5,000 grant to resurface their five tennis courts.

Walkaway grower, Shiree Hamersley applied for the grant on behalf of the club. "We're a farming town and tennis has been a part of Walkaway for as long as we can remember. During the season, all five courts are busy, and with the CBH grant we will fix up the deteriorating 15-year old courts so they can continue to be put to full use." Mrs Hamersley said. The Lions Cancer Institute provides free skin cancer screenings across regional Western Australia, with two out of three people in Australia being treated for skin cancer by the time they are 70.

Their successful application for a $5,000 grant will enable the Institute to continue offering remote communities skin checks by qualified dermatologists.

In Kulin, the 30-year old quadrangle at Kulin District High School will receive an upgrade thanks to a successful $9,000 grant.

April 05: CBH Group appoints new Deputy Chairman

The CBH Group today announced it has appointed Member Director Simon Stead as Deputy Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.

Mr. Stead replaces Vern Dempster, who has been Deputy Chairman for the period from April 2013 to April 2014 and re-appointed to the position in August 2014.

Mr. Dempster said he had chosen not to renominate for the position. He will remain on the Board as one of two member-elected Directors for District 2.

Mr. Stead has been a Member Director of the CBH Board since 2015 and is the CBH appointed representative on the Co-operatives WA Council. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the UWA Institute of Agriculture and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Stead runs a mixed cropping, sheep and cattle operation in Cascade and Dalyup in the Esperance port zone.

Chairman Wally Newman sincerely thanked Mr. Dempster for his support and valuable contribution to the role of Deputy Chairman.

"Vern is a very passionate supporter of our industry, and in particular, he has been a long-time champion of the co-operative business model that puts the grower at the centre of everything we do," Mr. Newman said.

"On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Simon on his appointment, and I look forward to working closely with him and the rest of the Board as we continue to execute our strategy to ensure our growers remain internationally competitive."

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February 06: CBH Group appoints new General Manager Operations

The CBH Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Macnamara as its new General Manager Operations.

Mr. Macnamara is currently CBH's General Manager Planning, Strategy and Development, leading the planning of the future of the storage and handling network.

Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Wilson said Ben's deep understanding of the network and its future requirements would be invaluable CBH continues to reshape the network.

"At CBH we are solely focused on operating the lowest cost possible outbound logistical supply chain and providing the most effective service for our growers - the planning and operation of the network are central to these objectives," Mr. Wilson said.

"Ben has worked closely with the Operations team, particularly as part of the Plan-Build-Operate model that oversees our network investment, and he is well placed to lead the division forward."

Mr. Wilson said the new appointment was the result of current General Manager Operations David Capper giving notice and deciding to hand over the reins of one of the co-operative's key roles after five years at the helm.

"During his tenure, among many other achievements, David improved safety performance, grew CBH's export capacity, developed and commenced the Network Strategy to improve network efficiency and grower service, delivered CBH's largest harvest and export programs on record, and reduced grower storage and handling and freight fees," he said.

"CBH would like to recognise David, as I am sure would the growers of Western Australia, for his dedication and service.

"David's leadership in seeing the Network Strategy commence, and now be in full scale implementation, has placed the CBH business and network in a strong position, and we look forward to this being continued and developed further under Ben's leadership."

January 14: CBH Group awards WA women with leadership scholarships

Two regional farming women from Western Australia have been selected as the recipients of the Growing Leaders' Scholarship Program.

The Growing Leaders Scholarship Program partners with the CBH Group, Leadership WA and the Grower Group Alliance and supports existing and emerging WA grain industry and community leaders to grow their leadership skills.

This year the program has awarded scholarships for two recipients to attend Leadership WA's 10-month Signature Leadership Program, which brings together a cohort of senior professionals from the corporate, government, small business and not-for-profit sectors across WA.

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June 11: CBH Group: Growers support charities with record $250,000 donation

The CBH Group and growers have continued their strong support of Western Australian charities with a record $250,000 donation from grain voluntarily forfeited as part of the continuing successful Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS).

Developed in conjunction with Main Roads WA, HMMS seeks to reduce the frequency of overloaded grain trucks at harvest time.

Under the HMMS, during harvest growers can forfeit grain from overloaded trucks which is then sold with the funds provided to Western Australian charities. The charities are nominated by growers and CBH employees.

CBH Chairman Wally Newman said that prior to HMMS being introduced, in the 2005-06 harvest, CBH estimated that more than 60,000 overloaded truckloads arrived at CBH receival sites. "As a consequence, the HMMS was instigated to curtail the overloading of grain trucks and during the past ten years we've seen a strong decline in the rate of overloaded trucks," he said. "Between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 harvests, the rate of overloaded trucks arriving at a CBH sites has reduced from 1.27 per cent to 0.4 per cent - a 70 per cent reduction in the rate. "The scheme is unlike any other initiative. Never in the history of Western Australian road transport, has there been such an effective and practical deterrent to overloading, so much so that no one intentionally overloads when delivering to CBH."

In addition to the overloading reduction, Mr. Newman said that since the scheme started to return proceeds to Western Australian charities in 2012, more than $1.4 million had been donated.

June 10: CBH Group offers growers fee discount for estimates

A fee discount of $0.50 per tonne offered to Western Australian growers this season. To be eligible for the discount, growers must submit their 2019-20 crop estimates through Paddock Planner and make harvest deliveries using the CDF app.

New and improved functionality made to Paddock Planner following grower feedback.

Estimates help CBH better plan harvest services according to grower demand.

The CBH Group is set to offer growers a discount on their fees this season to encourage growers to submit their crop estimates early to help with site and service preparations for harvest.

The co-operative is asking growers to submit their cropping plans through Paddock Planner - the online mapping tool that helps growers to keep their information up to date and accurate to a paddock level.

Available through CBH's secure online portal LoadNet, Paddock Planner provides CBH with a clearer picture of what crops are being grown and where it is likely to be delivered so sites and services can be planned according to grower demand.

This year, growers will be able to earn a $0.50 discount on their receival fees* if they:

Complete their cropping plans and estimates through Paddock Planner by 14 July 2019, and Use the CDF app for their harvest deliveries up to 28 February 2020.

May 09: Strong results for first CBH Flexi-starter pool

The CBH Group has delivered market-beating results to participants of its first Flexi-starter pool, outperforming the average of the best available cash prices by up to 4.5 per cent.

The Flexi-starter pool was made available for the first time in June 2018, allowing participants to contract their wheat early in the growing season and adjust contracted tonnes within a nominated timeframe, providing growers the flexibility to adapt to seasonal conditions.

The Flexi-starter pool was finalised in April, with remaining equity paid to participants.

The pool delivered solid results across all grades, with a particularly strong result for Australian Standard White (ASW) wheat, which made up the majority of pool tonnes in the 2018-19 season.

In the Esperance Zone, the Flexi-starter pool outperformed the average of the best available cash prices for ASW over the pool marketing period by more than $14.80 per tonne, or about 4.5 per cent.

The outcome was similar in the Geraldton, Albany and Kwinana zones, where the pool return exceeded the average cash price for ASW over the pool's lifespan by $12.80 - $14.50 per tonne.

The Flexi-starter pool also delivered strong results for Australian Premium White (APW) graded wheat, with returns outperforming equivalent cash prices by up to $11.40 per tonne.

April 17: CBH Group: Grower Study Tour to visit Japan and South Korea

The CBH Group is pleased to advise expressions of interest are open for the annual Grower Study Tour that will take growers on a 10-day trip to Japan and South Korea in September this year.

During the tour, growers will visit key customers and processors including shochu manufacturers, barley processors, flour and feed mills as well as visit port facilities and local sightseeing attractions.

CBH General Manager Marketing and Trading Jason Craig said the 2019 Grower Study Tour was a great opportunity for growers to gain an understanding of two of the longest standing Western Australian grain markets.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of where Western Australian grain is consumed, and to take in the wonderful cultural offerings on offer in these countries," Mr. Craig said.

"Having delivered Western Australian grain to the region for many decades, CBH's relationship with our Japanese and South Korean customers and industry organisation contacts remains as strong as ever.

"Japan and South Korea are two of our closest and longest-standing markets and combined, have purchased about 15 to 20 per cent of CBH Marketing and Trading's exports over the past few years."

The tour is scheduled to take place from 7 to 17 September, including travel, with an approximate cost to growers of $2,200.

March 28: Applications open for Growing Leaders Scholarship

CBH Group, in partnership with Grower Group Alliance (GGA) and Leadership WA, is pleased to announce the 2020 Growing Leaders Scholarship has opened for applications.

Launched in 2017, the scholarship program will place two future leaders of the Western Australian grain industry on Leadership WA's 10-month Signature Leadership Program.

The Signature Leadership Program brings together participants from across industries and sectors and will grow the pool of growers ready to take on leadership positions in the industry and even at CBH.

Past alumni of the scholarship program include Niki Curtis, Esperance, Jasmyn Allen, Yuna, and Rebekah Burges, Meckering. Nokanning grower Julia Alvaro and Tracey Lefroy from Bindi Bindi were recently announced as the 2019 scholarship recipients and are currently undertaking the program.

CBH General Manager Grower and External Affairs Brianna Peake said the scholarship is part of CBH's commitment to building capacity and skills within regional communities.

"We're proud to support this program that fosters leadership growth in our regions, helping to ensure we have strong leaders in our communities and industry," Ms. Peake said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how this program will enable the successful applicants with the skills to realise their leadership potential."

Two scholarships are available with a value of up to $15,000, which will allow two successful applicants to take part in Leadership WA's 10-month Signature Leaders program.

Program participants will be given an insight into current and future issues affecting WA while building on their leadership skills including self-awareness, accountability, reflection, resilience and collaboration within and between industries.

The program is open to anyone involved in a grain growing enterprise in WA, who had demonstrated grower group and community involvement.

GGA Executive Officer Annabelle Bushell said the Growing Leaders Scholarship program was a fantastic opportunity to build the leadership capability in the agriculture industry.

"The leadership journey is different for everyone but it has been exciting to see what past participants have learned and how this has been applied in their grower groups and communities," Miss. Bushell said.

"This is such a great opportunity for people in the WA grain industry and I encourage anyone interested in further developing their leadership skills to apply for this program."

Leadership WA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Mecoy said the Signature Leadership Program was a unique and outstanding leadership development experience.

"With participants from across government, private and no-for-profit sectors, our participants are pushed to think differently about themselves, their organisation and their state," Ms. Mecoy said.

Applications close on 28 June 2019 for the 2020 Signature Leadership Program.


Jimmy Wilson, CEO
Jimmy Wilson commenced as the CBH Group's Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2017. Jimmy has significant international experience in Australia, South Africa, the USA, South America and Indonesia, and has worked in multiple commodities including iron ore, coal, nickel, chrome, aluminium and gold.
Jimmy was President of BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Member of the Group Management Committee at BHP Billiton from 2012 to 2016. Prior to heading BHP's Iron Ore division, Mr Wilson led BHP's Energy Coal, Stainless Steel and Nickel West divisions in Australia after managing BHP's Chrome and Aluminium operations in South Africa.
Attending the University of Natal in Durban, Jimmy completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Wally Newman, Chairman
Wally Newman has been a Director of the CBH Board since August 2000, was the Deputy Chairman from 2008-2012 and was elected Chairman-Elect in April 2014 before assuming the role of Chairman in August 2014. He is also currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Wally is a farmer from Newdegate in Western Australia's grainbelt. A Director of several private companies, he is renowned as the instigator of the popular Newdegate Machinery Field Days and is its former President and a current committee member. Wally has 25 years of local Government experience, including three years as Deputy President of the Lake Grace Shire.
Wally is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ed Kalajzic, CFO
Ed Kalajzic joined the CBH Group in September 2008 as a Business Development Manager before being appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2014. He is currently responsible for the financial management of the CBH Group.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Ed worked within the Strategy and Business Development division, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, investment monitoring, and corporate strategy. Over the past seven years, Ed has also been a Director of several of the CBH Group's subsidiaries.
Before joining the CBH Group, Ed worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for just over three years in the Advisory division where he was primarily involved in the Valuations/Strategy and Transactions teams. Ed is originally from a grain and sheep farm in Cadoux.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Business (Double Major in Accounting and Finance), is a Chartered Accountant, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon Stead, Director
Simon Stead was appointed as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2015. He is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Simon currently runs a mixed sheep, cattle and cropping operation in Cascade and Dalyup in the Esperance port zone. He has previously worked for Wesfarmers and has a long involvement with the South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA). Simon is also a founding member and a past Chairman of the Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation and Production (ASHEEP).
Simon holds an Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Marketing from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trevor Badger, Director
Trevor Badger was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in April 2007. He is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, as well as the CBH Board appointed Chairman of CBH Pty Ltd which is the sole shareholder of Blue Lake Milling Pty Ltd.
Trevor produces grain and sheep on his properties in Pingrup and Mindarabin in Western Australia's South West. He has held executive positions on various grower representative bodies in Western Australia and is currently Deputy Chairman of the Nyabing Pingrup LCDC, and a member of the Minister's Agriculture Advisory Committee (MAAC) which provides advice to the Western Australian Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Mark Lewis MLC.
Trevor is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rod Madden, Director
Rod Madden was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in April 2006 and served as a Director until 2012, before being re-elected in 2014.
Rod produces grain and sheep on his farm in Morawa. He is currently a Director of North East Farming Futures and was the inaugural Chairman of United Farmers Co-operative between 1992 and 2002, a Director of WAMMCO International between 2003 and 2015, and a previous councillor of Co-operatives WA. In recognition of his contribution to agriculture, in 2002 Rod was awarded the Sir John Monash Gold Medal Award for Agribusiness Co-operative Directors.
Rod is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin Fuchsbichler, Director
Kevin Fuchsbichler was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in April 2007. He is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Workplace Health and Safety Committee.
Kevin is a grain producer from Bruce Rock with more than 35 years' industry experience. He was an inaugural Director of Bruce Rock Bendigo Community Bank; is a past State President of the International Agricultural Exchange Association; an inaugural board member of the International Rural Exchange; and has successfully registered and commercialised two patents internationally.
Kevin is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Hassell, Director
John Hassell was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in April 2009. He is currently Chairman of the Growers Advisory Council Selection Panel and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Workplace Health and Safety Committee. John is also the CBH appointed representative on the Co-operatives WA Council.
John is a grain and livestock producer from Pingelly, located in the central grainbelt region of Western Australia. He has held a number of executive positions with the Western Australian Farmers Federation. John holds a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture from Curtin Muresk Institute of Agriculture and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Derek Clauson, Director
Derek Clauson was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee.
Derek runs a continuous cropping operation at Yelbeni and Bencubbin. He has significant past experience as a Chairman of ASX listed companies and has served as a Director of various companies in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, Derek has served as a Chairman and Deputy Chairman of many agricultural based organisations and has previously served as a Shire President and Deputy Shire President. He also formerly held the position of President of the Western Australian Farmers Federation Grains Council. Derek is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brian McAlpine, Director
Brian McAlpine was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2012. He is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Brian is an experienced grain farmer from Latham in Western Australia's North East. He is a past President of Liebe Group and a past Councillor of the Dalwallinu Shire.
Brian has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Nuffield Scholarship, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Willis, Independent Director
David Willis was appointed as a Director of the CBH Board in March 2010. He is currently Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a CBH Board appointed Director of Interflour Group Pte Ltd.
David is a qualified accountant with more than 30 years' experience in Asia, New Zealand, UK and USA, including more than 25 years working in the financial services sector with Australian and foreign banks. He holds several board positions with public and private companies across Australia and Asia. He also mentors several senior executives and is Chairman of a charity he founded to assist disadvantaged youth. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Trent Bartlett, Independent Director
Trent Bartlett was appointed as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Trent is currently Chairman of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Chairman of Good Samaritan Industries and an Independent Director of Beyond Bank. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Capricorn Society, one of Australia's most successful co-operative enterprises, from 2001 to 2011. Prior to that, he held senior executive positions with David Jones Ltd, Aherns and Target Australia, then part of the Coles Myer Group. Trent is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Accredited Facilitator of their Governance Education Programs.

Alan Mulgrew, Independent Director
Alan Mulgrew was appointed as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2015. He is currently a CBH Board appointed Director of CBH Pty Ltd which is the sole shareholder of Blue Lake Milling Pty Ltd.
Alan is currently a Director of Adelaide Airport Ltd and Queensland Airports Ltd. He has extensive senior executive experience both nationally and internationally, with a strong background in infrastructure, including as former General Manager of Perth Airport and former General Manager of Sydney Airport, among other leadership roles. He also has extensive experience as a Director on other boards, including as former Chairman of each of Western Power, Tourism WA, Western Carbon Pty Ltd and Australian Renewable Fuels.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management) and a Diploma in Corporate Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vern Dempster, Deputy Chairman
Vern Dempster was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in April 2008. He was appointed Deputy Chairman from April 2013 to April 2014 and re-appointed to the position in August 2014. He is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, as well as a CBH Board appointed Director of Interflour Group Pte Ltd.
Vern is a grain and sheep farmer from Northam, located in Western Australia's central grainbelt. He has held various positions with the Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFF) and was a Director of United Farmers Co-operative from 2000 to 2003.
Vern is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jason Craig, General Manager-Marketing and Trading

David Capper, General Manager - Operations

Brianna Peake, General Manager - Grower and External Relations

David Woolfe, General Manager - Legal and Risk

Mat Regan, General Manager - Transformation and Technology

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