Queensland's geologists gather at New Acland

31 March 2016

Almost one hundred geologists from around Queensland came together for the latest Bowen Basin Geological Group (BBGG) meeting at New Acland Mine in March.

BBGG has over 300 members and meets regularly throughout the year at different Queensland mine sites to share knowledge and best practice advice.

New Hope Group Senior Geologist and BBGG Secretary Danique Bax said she was impressed with the record number of attendees at the meeting which began at Acland Town Hall.

“We have nine geologists at New Hope and we really enjoyed the opportunity to welcome so many of our peers to New Acland and introduce them to its unique geology.”

“Queensland is home to a small, tight-knit geologist community and it was great to showcase New Hope’s innovative approach to mining the thin coal seams we have at New Acland.”

“These thin coal seams present challenges for conventional mining methods and the BBGG meeting gave us a valuable opportunity to share our solutions and get feedback from the other members,” she said.

After presentations and morning tea at Acland Town Hall, the BBGG group toured New Acland Mine and got a first-hand look at New Hope’s mining and rehabilitation operations.

New Acland is hosting a free public tour on 19 April from 10am, with buses departing from Oakey Railway Station at 9:30am. To reserve a place, call New Acland on (07) 4694 8888 before 14 April.