New Acland Community Reference Group under way

2 November 2012

The New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG), which represents diverse sectors of the Darling Downs community, has held its first meeting.

Members gathered at the New Acland operations last week and undertook a tour of the site, including the mine pit and rehabilitation areas.

New Hope Group Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the company started the CRG as part of an ongoing process of engagement with the community.

“We are very pleased with the high calibre of the people who have joined this community reference group,” he said.

“The group’s twelve members come from a wide cross-section of community interests and they represent important sectors such as agriculture, education, business, landowners, infrastructure and health.”

The group’s independent facilitator is Professor Michael Cuthill, Chair of the Regional Community Development section of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development at the University of Southern Queensland.

Mr Denney said the CRG would be advisory in nature and the outcomes of the process would assist in informing planning and decision-making by the New Hope Group.

More information on the New Acland CRG is available on our website: www.newhopecoal.com.au