New Hope is passionate about playing a positive and proactive role in the communities and regions in which we operate. At New Acland, we are proud to support the local community through employment, economic contribution, sponsorship and donations, and community engagement.

Research hones in on local priorities

New research identifying and exploring how best to strengthen the social development and resilience of towns around New Acland Mine will help locals to build a strong future for the area.

The research, funded by New Hope and undertaken by social planning company Elliot Whiteing, investigated the needs and wants to local communities and identified six key development themes.

Read the report here.

Our People, Our Community

Meet Kylie Smith, Undergraduate Mining Engineer at New Acland Mine

Listen to Kylie's 4GR interview here.


Meet Natalie Kimber, Operator at New Acland Mine

Listen to Nat's 4GR interview here.


Meet son and father team Bodie and Stewart Sherrington, Mining Engineer and Safety & Training Coordinator at New Acland Mine

Listen to their 4GR interview here.


Meet Jim Randell, Executive General Manager - Mining at New Acland Mine

Listen to Jim's interview with 4GR here.


Meet Andy Scouller, Maintenance Improvement Coordinator at New Acland Mine

Listen to Andy's 4GR interview here.


Meet Bec Murphy and Alan Brown, two local Kulpi farmers who work as Operators at New Acland Mine

Listen to their 4GR interview here.


Meet Quinalow locals David and Cathy Wood who both work at New Acland Mine, David as Senior Supervisor and Cathy in Safety & Training Administration Support.

Listen to their 4GR interview here.


Meet Hodgson Vale local Mick Willis, Operator at New Acland Mine.

Listen to Mick's 4GR interview here.


Meet Toowoomba local Brooke Topp, Environmental Officer at New Acland Mine.

Listen to Brooke's 4GR interview here.


Meet Ros Anderson, Operator at New Acland Mine.

Listen to her 4GR interview here.


Meet Grant McDonald, Training and Emergency Response Coordinator at New Acland Mine.

Listen to his 4GR interview here.


Meet Dave Barram, owner of Adelts Contracting and long-term contractor to New Acland Mine.

Listen to his interview here.


Meet Dave O'Dwyer, Mine Operations and Tech Services Manager at New Acland Mine.

Listen to his interview here.

Meet Greg King, Project Superintendent at New Acland Mine.

Listen to his interview, here.


Community Reference Group

CRG’s role
is to provide
local insight

New Hope has established a New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG) as part of an ongoing community engagement process. A transparent and equitable process was used to select representatives from across the region as the foundation members.

Learn more about the New Acland Community Reference Group

Download the Application Form and Terms of Reference for the New Acland Community Reference Group - applications close Friday 18 November.

The CRG’s role is to provide local insight on key topics, particularly in relation to potential opportunities and impacts presented by the New Acland operation. It is also another avenue for sharing information with the broader community in addition to the Community Information Centre, newsletters and other initiatives. The CRG will operate as an advisory body and outcomes will inform New Hope’s planning and decision-making.

New Acland CRG Meeting Minutes

Community Information Centre

New Hope engages in extensive community programs

New Hope is committed to working closely with local residents and other key stakeholders on current and proposed operations. Our New Hope Community Information Centre is based in Campbell Street, the main street of Oakey.

Our Senior Community Advisor and Community Liaison Officer, who are both based at the Centre, have been part of the Darling Downs community for many years and are passionate about working closely with local residents.

The centre provides factual information about the New Acland operation, employment, contractor and local supplier opportunities and details about our community sponsorship and donation program.

We also hold regular Neighbours' Days and stakeholder tours.

Click here to get in touch with us.

Community Sponsorship and Donations

We donate around $600,000

New Hope donates more than $600,000 each year to support local organisations including schools, sporting groups and charities. Our programs have contributed to the Oakey, Brymaroo, Goombungee, Jondaryan, Kingsthorpe, Kulpi, Aubigny, Dalby, Jimbour, Pittsworth, Toowoomba and Yandilla communities, just to name a few.

New Hope is also a significant sponsor of the CareFlight rescue helicopter service’s Darling Downs operations. 

Click here to download a copy of New Hope's Sponsorship and Donation Application Form.

New Acland Community Investment Fund

About the Fund

The New Acland Community Investment Fund (the Fund) is part of New Hope Group’s ongoing commitment to community investment and development. It aims to assist not-for-profit community groups and organisations with grants to support their community-based initiatives and projects, which develop long-term outcomes for the communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.

The New Acland Community Reference Group plays a significant role in the administration of the Fund by assessing applications and making recommendations to New Hope Group on appropriate community development initiatives for support.

Eligible organisations are invited to submit an application for consideration.

The Fund is focussed on areas relevant to the local community and which contribute and support a variety of local initiatives related to New Hope Group’s Community Investment Priorities, namely:

  • Education, training, capacity building and youth support
  • Community safety, health and welfare
  • Sport and recreation
  • Arts, entertainment and culture
  • Environment and sustainability
  • History and cultural heritage

Funding Rounds

Applications to the Fund are welcome at any time, to allow for the seasonal demands of some organisations. Requests will be reviewed twice each year. The dates of the two funding rounds are:

  • Funding Round 1: Applications close on 30 March annually for funding allocated to initiatives that are expected to commence between 1 July and 31 December of that year
  • Funding Round 2: Applications close on 30 September annually for funding allocated to initiatives that are expected to commence between 1 January and 30 June of the following year.

New Hope Group is committed to ensuring each application is given time for an appropriate level of consideration to ensure that the application is understood and assessed on merit. Applicants should allow 8 weeks from the application closing date for any response regarding their application.

Please refer to the New Acland Community Investment Fund Application Guidelines for important information about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Application Forms and Guidelines