Family Fun Walk in support of New Acland Coal Mine

15 March 2015

Hundreds of New Acland employees and supporters turned out in force in Oakey today to show their support for the coal mine with a Family Fun Walk through the town.

Employees at the mine came up with the idea for the event to show their pride in working and living in the region.

The mine employees were joined by their families, contractors, and local business and community members in showing their support for New Acland.

They walked from the Oakey Railway Station to the Oakey State High School and donated gold coins during the event which were donated to the Oakey Hospital.

“New Acland is a major economic contributor to the region, providing a $300 million injection each year into south-east Queensland’s economy, and $110 million each year into the Darling Downs,” New Hope’s Managing Director Shane Stephan said.

“Stage 3 of the New Acland Project will provide a further boost of $12 billion to the local, state and national economies over the life of the mine.

“Stage 3 will extend the life of the current operation to about 2029, taking the number of full-time operational jobs to about 435, and creating another 260 jobs during the construction phase.

“The number of full-time contractors will increase to around 170 positions, and indirect jobs will grow by more than 1,500.” 

New Acland has played a key role in the Darling Downs region as an employer and economic contributor since it began operations in 2002.

The mine runs regular public tours for community members interested in learning more about its mining, land rehabilitation and agricultural operations. To book a place on an upcoming tour, please phone 4694 8801.

For more information please visit the New Hope Community Information Centre in Campbell Street, Oakey, or go to www.aclandproject.com.au