Our People, Our Community - Meet Greg King
25 May 2017
Occupation: Project Superintendent, New Acland Mine
Lives: Cotswold Hills
After 44 years in mining Greg King has seen it all, but New Acland’s longest serving employee and Cotswold Hills local says there’s still one particular thing left on his work to-do list.
“Over the last 15 years I’ve seen New Acland Mine grow from a plan on a page to a major local employer and a responsible, innovative operation,” Greg said.
“Helping to get New Acland Mine off the ground is one of my biggest career achievements and I’d love to add the construction of New Acland Stage Three to that list too.”
“In the very early days New Acland was just a handful of staff in a small demountable and from there we launched the whole operation including building infrastructure, purchasing equipment and hiring our workforce.”
Before moving to the Darling Downs in 1998, Greg worked in central Queensland for a range of multinationals and said he enjoyed the transition into a smaller mining company.
“Sometimes people have this misconception about New Hope being a big mining giant,” Greg said.
“But unlike the big multinational players our operations still have a close knit family feel and we’re really embedded in our local communities.”
“I’m really proud of the fact we’re a Queensland company that’s been here since 1952 and that we’re established enough to be a major local employer contributing significantly to our local economy.”
Moving forward into what Greg calls the ‘twilight’ years of his career, he’s looking forward to spending more time in the community and with his expanding family.
“My wife Judy and I have been lucky enough to take part in some really great community projects like the working bees for the Oakey Hospital Garden, and the Oakey Fights Back day last year,” Greg said.
“Something we’re looking forward right now is the arrival of our first grandchild later this year.”
“That will be pretty special.”