A close connection – from Italy to Ipswich

9 October 2017

She was born in Italy and has mastered five languages, but this multicultural manager has a close connection to the humble beginnings of the city of Ipswich.

Currently working at Ipswich-based miner New Hope Group as Manager of Environment, Policy and Approvals, Kylie Gomez Gane’s family ties with the area began almost 170 years ago.

"My great, great grandfather was one of the first Chinese immigrants to move to Ipswich, way back in 1848," Kylie said.

"He originally worked as a chef on the first steam train that ran from Ipswich into Brisbane and then later moved to Toowoomba and opened a Chinese grocery store.

"My heritage is really important to me and it helps me feel connected to the communities New Hope works in because just like my great, great granddad, we work here in Ipswich, and we also have our New Acland Mine on the Darling Downs near Toowoomba."

A firm believer in setting high environmental standards, Kylie is committed to balancing mining impacts with environmental protection.

"I’m really passionate about what I do. My mission at work is to create collaborations and partnerships that help us achieve ecologically sustainable development," Kylie said.

"As an industry, I think we have a great opportunity to make a difference and do things the right way."

With a Spanish father, and Australian mother, Kylie was born and raised in Italy, where she met her husband and had her two children before moving to Australia in 2005.

A former translator, Kylie has also worked in academia, commercial and stakeholder relations and policy and environmental roles.

"I really loved studying and academic life but after moving to Australia I fell in love with the mining industry," Kylie said.

"Mining runs in my family, my great, great grandfather was named the best mine manager in 1910 while he was managing the Vulcan tin mine up in North Queensland."