FAMILY FUN: Hundreds of New Acland Mine employees and supporters turned out in force to show support for the mine.
FAMILY FUN: Hundreds of New Acland Mine employees and supporters turned out in force to show support for the mine. Contributed

Hundreds of families walk in support of New Acland Mine

New Acland Mine employees at the mine had an idea to hold a Family Fun Walk through the town of Oakey in March to show their pride in working and living in the region.

The were joined by their families, contractors, and local business and community members as they walked from the Oakey Railway Station to the Oakey State High School, with gold coins donated during the event to Oakey Hospital.

New Hope managing director Shane Stephan said New Acland is a major economic contributor to the region and provides a $300 million injection each year into south-east Queensland's economy, as well as $110 million each year into the Darling Downs.

"Stage 3 of the New Acland Project will provide a further boost of $12 billion to the local, state and national economies over the life of the mine," he said.

"Stage 3 will extend the life of the current operation to about 2029, taking the number of full-time operational jobs to about 435, and creating another 260 jobs during the construction phase.

"The number of full-time contractors will increase to around 170 positions, and indirect jobs will grow by more than 1500."

New Acland has played a key role in the Darling Downs region as an employer and economic contributor since it began operations in 2002.

The mine runs regular public tours for community members interested in learning more about its mining, land rehabilitation and agricultural operations.

To book a place on an upcoming tour contact 4694 8801, and for more information visit the New Hope Community Information Centre in Campbell St, Oakey, or visit http://www.aclandproject.com.au.



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