Last coal leaves New Oakleigh Mine

24 April 2013

Another chapter has ended in the history of the New Oakleigh mine near Rosewood, west of Ipswich, with the last truck load of coal leaving the site.

New Hope Group Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said the last coal was taken by truck from the mine about 11am on Wednesday, 24 April.

“The mine finished producing its last coal back in late January and the site has been in full rehabilitation mode since then,” Mr Denney said.

“We have been gradually taking out all of the coal that was stockpiled at the site prior to mining operations ceasing in January.

“Rehabilitation has been ongoing at New Oakleigh for a number of years already – and this work will continue for some time to come. 

“Local residents have remarked on how well the rehabilitation work has been progressing since January, so it is great to get this sort of feedback.”

Mr Denney said the company would also like to thank residents and businesses of Rosewood and the surrounding areas for their support of the mining operations at New Oakleigh.

“New Oakleigh has been a long term spur for the local economy, providing direct and indirect jobs and the flow-on benefits to this region have been substantial,” he said.

“New Hope has also been very active in supporting local schools, sporting clubs and not-for-profit community groups over many years.”

Pick and shovel mining on the Oakleigh site is believed to date back to the early 1900s – and possibly the late 1800s.

The original Oakleigh Colliery company began in 1948 when the Rule family acquired the site. New Hope bought the mine from then owners Sumitomo Coal in 1999.