New Hope is committed to the sustainable development of all mining lease areas under its management. Best practice environmental planning is incorporated into all phases of our projects, from development and exploration to eventual closure. All activities at New Acland are delivered under the strict conditions and requirements of its Environmental Authority (EA) as granted by the State.
Environmental planning is incorporated into all projects
Key features of New Acland’s environmental sustainability agenda include noise limits, air quality, land management and water management.
Priority is placed on local employment, including the use of local suppliers and contractors, alongside a generous community sponsorship program. These measures ensure that sustainability goes beyond environmental management to account for a more holistic approach to New Acland’s role and contribution in the local community and wider region.
2016 ABA100 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Sustainability
New Hope Group’s unique approach to achieving a sustainable, economically productive and environmentally healthy post mine landscape has been recognised nationally by being awarded the 2016 ABA100 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Sustainability.
The award, which recognises organisations that execute initiatives demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices, was a result of New Hope’s submission outlining how it integrates a unique combination of three activities into daily coal mining operations at its New Acland mine.
Those activities being;
- Scientific cattle grazing trials on rehabilitated mined land
- Environmental conservation, protection and improvement works to revegetate buffer zones along local waterways to create koala habitat and wildlife corridors, and
- The use of recycled water for mining activities
You can read more about these activities in New Hope's submission to the Australian Business Awards here.
New Acland benefits from one of Australia’s most ambitious and practical land management programs, led by the Acland Pastoral Company (APC).
Established by New Hope in 2006, APC provides a progressive rehabilitation program to return mined land to agricultural and conservation uses while contributing to the region’s agribusiness industry.
To date, about 400ha of land has been rehabilitated. Innovative cattle grazing trials and a local tree species planting program are also in progress. There are about 2,000 head of cattle on 4,000ha of land and cropped wheat, sorghum, barley and legumes on 2,400ha.
Current mining operations at New Acland use recycled water from the Toowoomba Regional Council’s Wetalla wastewater reclamation facility.
Under the proposed continuation plans, the operation will continue to be self-sufficient for mine water supply by purchasing water from the Wetalla facility via an existing pipeline.
The $30 million pipeline and pumping system, from Wetalla to the mine, was funded by New Hope. Only about 20 per cent of Wetalla’s water is purchased by New Hope with the majority of the water currently discharged down Gowrie Creek and available to local irrigators.
Operations also use wastewater from the Oakey township’s reverse osmosis water treatment plant, saving money for Oakey ratepayers.
Air Quality Management
New Hope continuously monitors the air quality conditions at its rail loading facilities. It operates according to the strict environmental requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and specifically meets all the Environmental Authority (EA) and Development Approval (DA) conditions set by the Queensland Government.
New Hope goes beyond requirements in the best interests of its neighbours, communities and the wider region.
New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC) has publicly displayed air quality monitoring results in Jondaryan, at the Caltex Road House since 2011 in agreement with the Jondaryan District Residents Association.
After receiving interest from the broader community, NAC has decided to also display these results online.
Sampling locations are located in the Jondaryan township, and air quality monitoring results represent air quality based on the Jondaryan township’s surrounding land uses including: bulk material handling, agriculture, and traffic.
Three types of results are reported in accordance with relevant Australian Standards as described below:
- Dust deposition monitoring: Material deposited by gravity is collected in sample containers on a monthly basis. Samples are submitted to an independent laboratory for analysis to measure dust deposition rate and sample composition;
- PM10 monitoring: An independent third party contractor runs a powered sampler drawing ambient air through a filtering mechanism for one 24 hour period per quarter. The sampler reports the concentration of particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than ten microns; and
- TEOM monitoring: A powered sampler draws ambient air continuously and reports total concentration of particles on a real time basis.
Atmospheric conditions (wind speed and direction), and surrounding land use observations are referenced when reporting air quality results. These aspects are important to consider when interpreting results where multiple sources potentially affect air quality.
The figure below denotes monitoring locations utilised for the air quality sampling methods described above.
If you have any queries relating to this monitoring program, please contact NAC’s Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP) Superintendent on (07) 4694 8888.
Click below to view the Jondaryan Rail Loading Facility Air Quality Monitoring Results:
In May 2013, the New Hope Group became the first company transporting coal along the South West System to begin the process of profiling and veneering coal wagons.