New Hope meets commitments

4 August 2014

The New Hope Group has decreased the size of its mining lease application area to honour commitments made under the revised New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 Project.

This reduction in size (officially called a partial abandonment) removes the Acland town area, including Tom Doherty Park, the War Memorial and the Acland No 2 Colliery, from the mining lease application for the revised Project.

It also removes the southern portion of the mining lease application, ensuring that mining would not come within 10 kilometres of Oakey, and that the amount of land disturbed for mining activities will be reduced by more than half.

“The reduction in size of the mining lease application demonstrates that New Hope is genuine in the compromises that we have proposed in the revised New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 project,” New Hope Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said.

Under the proposal, the Acland town area will remain in place and a management plan has been developed to ensure the area is maintained.

“We have listened to the community and are acting to minimise impacts from our mining activities on the local area and its residents,” Mr Denney said.

“The compromises we have made as part of the revised Project are about ensuring that this important local industry, the New Acland Coal Mine, is not lost to the Oakey area.

“The Mine has been part of this community for more than a decade and is a major economic and social contributor to the local region, providing hundreds of jobs and supporting locals through our social responsibility initiatives, including our Sponsorship and Donations Program and Community Investment Fund.

“The current mine will run out of coal in around two years and so this revised Project is aimed at keeping the mine going and maintaining the jobs and local benefits,” Mr Denney said.

Interested community members are encouraged to visit the New Hope Community Information Centre in Campbell Street, Oakey for further information.