Our People, Our Community - Meet Grant Staff

27 September 2016

Highfields local Grant Staff is a Mining Engineer with a twist.

Grant may spend his days engineering in New Acland’s mining pits but is a keen creative after hours working as a freelance cartoonist.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Grant began his cartooning career at a young age at the Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper, using the country’s tumultuous political environment to hone his talent in political satire.

After immigrating to Toowoomba at age 21, Grant then studied at The University of Queensland and spent a few years working at a local Council in surveying, water sampling and flood studies.

After taking up a role in the mining industry Grant moved north to Central Queensland where he worked in various different mining roles for 8 years.

During this time Grant always had plans to move back to the Downs where he and his wife are now raising their two young children on a small acreage block in Highfields.

Never one to shy away from trying something new, Grant is hoping to illustrate a series of children’s books using stories created by his children.

He is also a self-taught wooden boat builder and is currently planning on building his second boat, a Caledonian Yawl.

Grant’s New Hope journey began in early 2015 when he worked on the advanced rehabilitation of the company’s West Moreton Operations in Ipswich.

Formerly an environmental officer, Grant’s dual skill set is an asset at New Acland Mine with his current position including designing the final form and shape of rehabilitated mined land.

New Acland’s progressive rehabilitation process occurs right behind the mining activities and is supported by award winning cattle grazing trials that take place on the rehabilitated mined land.