New Hope Oakey Community Centre celebrates

2 May 2013

The New Hope Group is celebrating the first anniversary of its Community Information Centre in Oakey.

In the past year, almost 750 people visited the centre in Campbell Street.

New Hope’s Community Liaison Officer Helen Braithwaite said the high number of visitors showed the company’s information centre was becoming well known by the local community.

“This centre is a great way for the New Hope Group to share all kinds of information with local people and visitors to the region,” Helen said.

“For example, if anyone has any questions about where the Revised New Acland Coal Mine Project is at, they can come in and find out all about it here.

“This is a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to know a bit more about New Acland and the New Hope Group, plus we have some pretty interesting visual displays as well.

“The dinosaur footprint always grabs the attention of visitors, and our new rock and fossil display gives an insight into how the surrounding areas were formed millions of years ago.”

Helen said 373 of the visitors coming in to the centre in the past year had done so to ask about employment.

“This means employment inquiries accounted for 50 percent of the total visitors who came in to the centre, making it by far the most popular inquiry from visitors,” she said.

“Another 95 visitors inquired about partnering with New Hope Group through sponsorships and donations, which was about 13 percent of all visitors.

“Less than one percent of visitors made an official complaint about the New Acland mine operations, although many visitors did want more information about our operations, which is why we are here.”