Our People, Our Community - Meet Jim Randell
15 August 2016
Occupation: Executive General Manager – Mining
New Hope’s Executive General Manager – Mining Jim Randell, joined New Acland Mine in 2009 and has over 47 years’ experience in the mining industry.
Jim was raised on his family’s third generation cattle and sugar cane property near Mackay. The family farm couldn’t support three sons so Jim and his youngest brother left the property when they finished school to pursue careers in mining.
He then went on to study Chemical Engineering at Central Queensland University and spent his early career as a chemist in iron ore mines in Western Australia.
Jim’s career in mining enabled him to buy his own property near Childers where he established a successful avocado and lychee farm and cabinet timber plantation.
Jim’s daughter has taken over managing his farming business while his son works as a successful restauranteur in Sydney.
Jim’s passion for farming carried over into his work with New Hope’s Acland Pastoral Company. He was instrumental in establishing the cattle grazing trails on rehabilitated mined land in 2011.
During Jim’s time with New Acland Mine, the operation has launched a series of positive ongoing initiatives like free public tours, the opening of the New Hope Community Information Centre in Oakey and the use of recycled water throughout the operations.
Jim plays an active role in the local community and supports like a wide variety of organisations like Brymaroo Rodeo and Campdraft, TSBE and TOMNET.
He also sits on the Community Reference Group, a committee of locals who provide New Acland Mine with local insight on key topics and help share information with the broader community.
The CRG is also responsible for assessing applications to New Acland’s Community Investment Fund (CIF). CIF grants are awarded to community-based organisations to support their initiatives and projects which develop long-term outcomes for the communities around New Acland Mine.