Our People, Our Community - Meet Kylie and Natalie

3 August 2016

Meet – Kylie Smith

Occupation: Undergraduate Mining Engineer, New Acland Mine

Lives: Kingsthorpe

Background info

Kylie initially began working for New Hope in early 2009 through the company’s trainee program as a Business Administration Trainee. On completion of training she was offered a full-time administration role.

It was through this role that she discovered her passion for mining and engineering and, with New Hope’s backing and support, Kylie has recently transitioned from the administration role at New Acland into an undergraduate engineering position.

Kylie currently works full-time as an Undergraduate Mining Engineer at New Acland Mine and works in the Tech Services Team, learning the ropes and building experience.

She is currently in her final semester of an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mining) at University of Central Queensland, set to graduate in December this year (2016). Kylie has been studying part-time by distance for the past few years while she’s been working at New Acland Mine. Most of her course work is online.

Kylie feels lucky to have gained an opportunity with a local operation that recognises the importance of supporting local employees and her move into an engineering role.


Meet – Natalie Kimber

Occupation: Dump truck and Dozer Operator, New Acland Mine

Lives: Biddeston

Background info

Natalie works full time as an operator at New Acland and also runs two home businesses with her husband.

She lives on a 200 acre farm in Biddeston, runs cattle and horses and operates a freight and hay supplies business with her husband that supplies hay right throughout western QLD and into the Northern Territory.

Natalie also runs her own home business partnering with a company that has the world first human derived stem cell technology skincare, nutrition and weight loss products.

She began at New Acland in 2008 and drives dump trucks and the Tiger Wheel Dozer. Dump trucks are used to carry coal and dirt around the mine, the Tiger Wheel Dozer uses a large blade to push and level out dirt.

Natalie was originally an agronomist doing soil testing, spraying of crops etc. but wanted to move into the mining industry although she knew it was hard to get into the industry without experience.

She ended up landing a job at New Acland when Stage 2 began where they trained her to drive the equipment. She spent the first few weeks training in the passenger seat then being accompanied by another experienced driver.

Natalie competes regularly in the sport of team roping and breakaway roping and is looking to start going to a few more rodeos this year with her husband (also a team roper, steer wrestler and calf roper)