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New Hope innovations recognised nationally

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World Coal,

New Hope Group has been applauded by a national industry body for its continued commitment to innovation with two of its initiatives announced as finalists in the 2017 Austmine Awards.

The Automatic Braking System and Guard Resistivity Tool are in the running to win the Miner’s Innovation Award in Perth later this month alongside other industry heavyweights Rio Tinto and RUC Mining.

Both systems were developed onsite by New Hope employees and have since been implemented across the business at the company’s New Acland Mine near Oakey and Jeebropilly Mine in Ipswich.

Executive General Manager of Mining Jim Randell said New Hope’s reputation as an industry leader in innovation was a product of their commitment to fostering employee-driven improvements to processes and safety.

"Our people are our most valuable asset and both of these systems were developed by New Hope employees committed to finding the safest and most efficient way to get their job done," Jim said.

"The Automatic Braking System is a failsafe braking design that ensures safe passage of mining equipment underneath road overpasses and bridges while the Guard Resistivity Tool locates coal seams using electrical conductivity, instead of the traditional density method."

In 2016 New Hope set a precedent for scooping coveted industry titles after being named the 2016 ABA100 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Sustainability for their rehabilitation and sustainability work at New Acland Mine.

Their Live Well/Work Well Health and Wellness Program also took out the Australian Mines and Metals Association 2016 Industry Award for Health and Wellbeing and the Queensland Safe Work Awards title of Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

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