New Acland Community Reference Group looking for new members

16 September 2013

The New Hope Group is calling for interested local people to join the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG) for its second year.

“The first year of the New Acland Community Reference Group is just about finished and it has been a very successful partnership between the New Acland mine and the community,” New Hope’s Chief Operating Officer Bruce Denney said.

“The CRG has been invaluable for New Acland during the past year as it has given us grass roots community input into the mine’s operational, development and planning activities.

“The group’s primary role is to provide a local perspective on key topics, particularly in relation to potential impacts and opportunities presented by the New Acland operation, but it also encourages members to disseminate information back into the community.”

Mr Denney said the CRG also played a significant role in the administration of the New Acland Community Investment Fund by assessing applications and making recommendations to the New Hope Group on appropriate community development initiatives for support.

“The Fund aims to assist not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council with grants of $10,000 or more,” he said.

“These grants are to support community-based initiatives and projects, which develop long-term outcomes for the communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.”

Mr Denney said the selection criteria and CRG principles ensured a cross-section of community concerns and interests will be balanced from a social, economic and environmental perspective.

Local community representatives interested in joining the New Acland Community Reference Group have from September 18 to October 18 to apply.

For more information and to download an Application Form, click here or visit New Hope's Community Information Centre in Campbell Street, Oakey.