A new standard set for minesite rehab
It’s the site of Alcoa’s former operation in Anglesea.
The proponent is UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise The Eden Project.
Together they’ve started community consultation to seek feedback for a world class eco-tourism attraction.
Eden’s concept will be presented to the community over the next two weeks.
It showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences, said David Harland, Chief Executive of Eden’s global wing, Eden Project International Limited (EPIL),
Eden’s concept amplifies the region’s prized environmental and cultural attributes including the scenic Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park, one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in the state.
“We’re incredibly excited to work together with the community on this concept, which could bring environmental, social and economic regeneration to Anglesea and the wider region, while re-imagining what’s possible within Australian mine rehabilitation sites,” Mr Harland said.
“We’ve envisioned a place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extreme elements – fire, air, earth and water – which have shaped the surf coast region and its inhabitants for millennia, creating a must-see prelude for a journey on the Great Ocean Road.
“This concept will be a global exemplar of sustainability and environmental excellence.
“It’s our goal to speak with as many people as we can over the coming weeks to energise and inspire them to help us develop the ideas for what could be their Eden Project in Anglesea.”
Initial projections show a world-class eco-tourism attraction of this type will support at least 300 full-time jobs and attract thousands of new visitors to Anglesea.
The concept is estimated to cost approximately $150 million. Following planning and rezoning approvals, the construction is expected to be complete within 18-24 months.
“Alcoa is tremendously proud to work with our colleagues from Eden who are recognised globally for creating landmark eco-tourism facilities and experiences,” said John Osborne, Director Asset Planning and Management of Alcoa.
“This exciting concept brings to life the guiding principles Alcoa developed in partnership with the Anglesea community in 2016 to shape the transformation of the former mine site.
“It presents an outstanding opportunity to showcase the site’s unique natural values while making a significant and lasting contribution to the region for generations to come.”