Local groups benefit from community investment

29 September 2014

The New Hope Group has announced that six local community initiatives will share in more than $140,000 through the latest round of its New Acland Community Investment Fund (CIF).

With the assistance of the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG), the CIF was established in 2013 by New Hope as a way of strengthening the company’s ongoing commitment to community development on the Darling Downs.

CRG members, who represent a broad cross section of community interests in the area surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine, assessed applications and made recommendations to New Hope on appropriate community initiatives for support.

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said the company is proud to partner with, and provide opportunities for, community groups in the region.

“This fund supports community investment and development projects that provide benefit to a broad range of people and develop long-term, outcomes for the communities surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine,” he said.

“This funding round we will be supporting the Goombungee Public Hall with the installation of insulation and lining of the ceiling as part of the hall upgrade project.

“The Goombungee State School P&C will receive funds to upgrade the pool and its facilities, allowing for longer opening hours, fitness and learn to swim programs to operate and a reduction in operating costs.

“The Haden State School P&C will be able to construct a shelter area at the front of the school which can be used by students waiting for buses or to be collected by parents, as well as any other visitors to the school.

“The Maclagan Memorial Hall Association will receive funds to help refresh the hall by painting the exterior of the building and replacing the entry steps.

“The Oakey Historical Museum Society will be able to build a new BBQ area which will be used by visitors to the museum and groups who hire the venue for functions.

“The Toowoomba Clubhouse Association will receive funding to trial and establish a more permanent clubhouse service in Oakey to create a supportive community for those living with mental illness where they can connect with their peers, build confidence and actively participate in the community.”

For more information about the CIF, please visit the New Hope Community Information Centre in Oakey.