Research hones in on local priorities

13 March 2017

New research identifying and exploring how best to strengthen the social development and resilience of towns around New Acland Mine will help locals to build a strong future for the area.

The research, funded by New Hope and undertaken by social planning company Elliott Whiteing, investigated the needs and wants of local communities and identified six key development themes.

New Hope Group’s Senior Community Advisor Helen Williams said the six themes will shape the company’s investment programs moving forward.

"Working with the community to complete this research means we can ensure our investment programs are targeted at what is important to the community, and therefore deliver better outcomes for the area," Helen said.

"The strength of this research comes from the community’s participation so we’re really grateful to the people who took the time to participate in the survey, and the workshops and interviews."

The six development themes revealed by the research include: local skill development across industries; indigenous community and economic programs; community infrastructure; support for local business and entrepreneurship; community health; and environmental health.

"New Hope recognises that being an active member of the community means going beyond providing employment and training opportunities and should also include supporting the development and long term viability of the area post-mining," Helen said.

"This deeper understanding of what is important to our community means we can support people building a strong and positive future for the area, work that will last well after mining has finished."

The Elliott Whiteing research report is available on the Acland Project website at www.aclandproject.com.au/content/community