Local groups benefit from ongoing Community Investment

3 March 2014

The New Hope Group has announced four local community initiatives to be supported through its New Acland Community Investment Fund (CIF).

The CIF was established in 2013 by the New Hope Group, with the assistance of the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG), as a way of strengthening its ongoing commitment to community development on the Darling Downs.

CRG members, who represent a broad cross section of community interests in the area surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine, assessed applications and made recommendations to New Hope Group on appropriate community initiatives for support.

New Hope Group Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the company is proud to partner with, and provide opportunities for, community groups in the region.

"This fund supports community investment and development projects that provide benefit to a broad range of people and develop long-term, outcomes for the communities surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine.

"This funding round we will be supporting the Oakey Show Society with its power supply upgrade, which will provide a safer environment for all patrons of the Oakey Showgrounds.

"The Oakey State High School will be receiving funds for Stage 4 of the redevelopment of the Oakey State High School Assembly Hall to purchase and install new audio visual equipment in time for Oakey State High School’s 50th anniversary.

"South Myall Landcare will now be able to provide basic and advanced computer courses for rural residents in the Quinalow area, north of the New Acland Mine, through its Computer Up-Skilling program.

"The Steps into Prep program at Oakey Primary School will be able to continue, after government funding was cut, with New Hope funding the program which provides low-cost early learning for pre-prep kids before they transition into school.

Applications for the CIF are accepted year-round with the next funding assessment period closing on 30 March 2014.

Further information is available on the New Hope Group website or visit Helen Braithwaite in the New Hope Community Information Centre in Oakey.