New Hope exec faces off against Acland’s last resident
A NEW Acland coal mine boss has come face-to-face with the last resident of the town of Acland in court.
Acland's last resident Glen Beutel cross-examined New Hope chief operating officer Bruce Denney in the Queensland Land Court on Tuesday.
Mr Denney was questioned about the demolition and removal of buildings in Acland which Mr Beutel claimed were of "local cultural heritage".
Mr Beutel asked why buildings in Acland were continuing to be removed when a plan had identified keeping them "in situ" would better maintain their cultural importance.
Mr Denney said New Hope had attempted to move buildings from disuse in Acland to locations where they could be used.
He said a church in Acland had been moved to the Jondaryan Woolshed where it could be used as a chapel for ceremonies and weddings.
"That is a much better end use for that particular building than sitting in Acland unused," he said.
Mr Beutel also asked why wire fences had been erected around preserved houses and why topsoil had been removed from a house which he said killed a garden bed of "local cultural heritage".
Mr Denney said he was unaware of the removal of topsoil but said the garden's importance was a matter of personal opinion.
The hearing continues.