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.
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.
Community Reference Group
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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.
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
- Meeting - 11 April 2016
- Meeting - 15 February 2016
- Meeting - 16 Novemeber 2015
- Meeting - 12 October 2015
- Meeting - 3 August 2015
- Meeting - 20 April 2015
- Meeting - 2 March 2015
- Meeting - 2 February 2015
- Meeting - 3 December 2014
- Meeting - 20 October 2014
- Meeting - 15 September 2014
- Meeting - 14 July 2014
- Meeting - 26 May 2014
- Meeting - 28 April 2014
- Meeting - 17 March 2014
- Meeting - 10 February 2014
- Meeting - 16 December 2013
- Meeting - 11 November 2013
- Meeting - 21 October 2013
- Meeting - 9 September 2013
- Meeting - 29 July 2013
- Meeting - 27 May 2013
- Meeting - 8 April 2013
- Meeting - 4 February 2013
- Meeting - 26 November 2012
- Meeting - 30 October 2012
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.
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.
Community Investment 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.