New Hope seeks applications for Community Reference Group

24 September 2012

The New Hope Group will establish a Community Reference Group (CRG) for its New Acland operations, as part of an ongoing process of engagement with the communities in which it operates.

A two week nomination period has been determined to select foundation CRG members and will commence Wednesday, 26 September, and close on Wednesday, 10 October, 2012.

The New Hope Group’s Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said foundation members would be selected through a transparent and equitable process.

“This process aims to deliver a Community Reference Group that represents diverse viewpoints and stakeholder interests across Toowoomba, Oakey, Jondaryan, Goombungee and the surrounding areas,” he said.

“In designing the selection criteria and CRG principles, the New Hope Group has ensured a cross-section of community concerns and interests will be balanced from a social, economic and environmental perspective.

“Primarily, the CRG’s role will be to provide a local perspective on key topics, particularly in relation to potential impacts and opportunities presented by the New Acland operation, but it will also encourage members to disseminate information back into the community.”

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.

Applications can be made online at www.newhopecoal.com.au, or by emailing community@newhopecoal.com.au

For more than a decade, New Acland has been a major employer and economic spur to the Darling Downs, providing direct jobs for 300 locals and contributing to thousands more indirect jobs across the region.

New Acland is a significant economic stimulator injecting more than $110 million dollars into the Darling Downs economy each year, and more than $300 million into the broader south-east Queensland economy each year.