Eden Project 

Anglesea Concept

Community Consultation

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The Eden Project, a UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise, and Alcoa of Australia have undertaken community consultation to gain feedback on a concept for a world class eco-tourism attraction within Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria.

Set within the landscape of the Anglesea Heath, it showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences which celebrate the local ecology and tell a story of sustainability.

You can read more about Eden’s vision for the site 
here. And listen to Eden and Alcoa’s presentation to the community in May 2019 here.

The concept brings to life the guiding principles Alcoa developed in partnership with Anglesea community in 2016 to shape the transformation of the former mine site.

It’s Eden Project’s goal to engage with as many community members and interested stakeholders as possible to inspire them to help us develop the ideas for what could be their Eden Project in Anglesea.

The first Eden Project Anglesea community engagement report provides a detailed summary of the feedback received following the first phase of community engagement in late May early June 2019. It also answers the most common questions heard during the first phase of community engagement activities.

We’ll continue to update this site as the concept develops, so please continue to provide your feedback and visit the page again to find the latest information.

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21 May 2019 - Announcement

Eden and Alcoa consult community on potential Eden Project in Anglesea

Tim Lele

Call:  +44 1726 811 911

To learn more about the concept and share your views,

come along to a community information session with Eden Project and Alcoa representatives

Monday 27 May

Drop-in between 2pm and 4.30pm

Anglesea Memorial Hall

Saturday 1 June

Drop-in between 11.30am and 2pm

Anglesea Memorial Hall

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With landholdings framed by the Great Otway National Park, Anglesea Heath, Anglesea River, the Great Ocean Road and the Anglesea township, Alcoa’s former power station and mine site presents a once in generation opportunity to create outcomes of significant value to Anglesea and the broader region.

Following extensive community engagement, Alcoa published 
a Concept Master Plan for its freehold landholdings in 2018 with a vision to connect people to Anglesea’s valued landscapes; create a new tourism destination for Anglesea and the Great Ocean Road; and create economic opportunities for Anglesea and the wider region.

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The Eden Project (Eden), a UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise, and Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) have commenced community consultation to seek feedback on a concept for a world class eco-tourism attraction within Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria.

Eden’s concept will be presented to the community over the next two weeks. Set within the landscape of the Anglesea Heath, it showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences which celebrate the local ecology and tell a story of sustainability.

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.

David Harland, Chief Executive of Eden’s global wing, Eden Project International Limited (EPIL), said: “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.

“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.”

David added: “Our experience in Cornwall shows us it’s possible to take a former mining landscape and create a place that celebrates our natural world and educates and entertains people from all walks of life, while providing a year-round positive impact for the community. 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. Through all stages of analysis, planning, design and construction, the concept is estimated to cost approximately $150 million. Following achievement of the relevant planning and rezoning approvals, we'd expect the construction to be complete within 18-24 months.

John Osborne, Director Asset Planning and Management of Alcoa, said: “Alcoa is tremendously proud to work with our colleagues from Eden who are recognised globally for creating landmark eco-tourism facilities and experiences.

“This exciting concept brings to life the guiding principles Alcoa developed in partnership with 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.

“We look forward to receiving input from the Anglesea community and key stakeholders on this concept for the freehold mine site.” 

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The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.

Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. Registered charity number 1093070 (The Eden Trust). Money raised supports our transformational projects and learning programmes.

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Community contacts

To contact the Eden Project team:

Call:   +44 1726 811 911

See what Eden Project achieved in Cornwall, UK

Mail: Fill in our Contact us form, which will be sent through to the Eden team

To contact the Eden Project team:

To contact the Alcoa Anglesea Project Team:

Call:  5521 5484

Email: angleseaps@alcoa.com.au 

Mail: Alcoa of Australia, Camp Road, Anglesea, VIC 3230

Visit: www.alcoa.com.au/anglesea

Community contacts

Eden Project Anglesea Communications:

Call:  (03) 9268 7888

Email: eden@keepleft.com.au

Community contacts

To contact the Alcoa Anglesea Project Team

Call:  5521 5484

Media contacts

Eden Project Anglesea Communications:

Call:  (03) 9268 7888

The Eden Project, a UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise, and Alcoa of Australia have undertaken community consultation to gain feedback on a concept for a world class eco-tourism attraction within Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria.

Media contacts

Eden Project Anglesea Communications:

Call:  (03) 9268 7888

Community contacts

To contact the Alcoa Anglesea Project Team

Call: 5521 5484


To contact the Eden Project team:

Call: +44 1726 811 911

What is the Eden Project?

The Eden Project is a UK-based educational and environmental charity and social enterprise. It works to engage people around the world in positive experiences and stories about the natural world to encourage them to live their lives more sustainably.


It's inaugural project, The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, is a global garden featuring spectacular geodesic domes, known as Biomes, situated in a former china clay quarry. Eden Cornwall is the home of the largest rainforest in captivity, known as the Rainforest Biome, as well as the beautiful Mediterranean Biome and extensive outdoor gardens.


Eden has contributed £2 billion to Cornwall’s regional economy and welcomed more than 20 million visitors since it opened in 2001.


Eden Project International Limited (EPIL) is the global wing of the Eden Project, whose ambition is to create projects inspired by the original Cornish vision in every habitable continent on earth. On a global scale, Eden works with foreign government departments, local supply chains and local cultures to promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources. It is currently working on projects in China, Dubai, the USA and the UK.

Who is Alcoa?

Alcoa of Australia operated a coal mine and power station in Anglesea for more than 46 years, with operations ceasing in 2015. Since then, Alcoa has been undertaking planning for the rehabilitation and closure of the mine site, the decommissioning and remediation of the power station, and future land uses.


Community consultation and engagement continue to guide project activities to ensure Alcoa leaves a positive environmental, cultural and economical legacy for Anglesea and the greater Surf Coast community.

What does the concept involve?

The concept involves the creation of a world class eco-tourism attraction within Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria.


Set within the landscape of the Anglesea Heath, the proposed concept showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences which celebrate the local ecology and tell a story of sustainability.


It would amplify 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.


Envisioned in the concept is 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.

What are some of the benefits that Eden Project would bring to Anglesea?

The Eden Project will provide environmental, social, educational and economic benefits for the community.


Set within the landscape of the Anglesea Heath, the proposed concept showcases a vision to transform an area within the former coal mine into a destination for immersive education and experiences which celebrate the local ecology and tell a story of sustainability.


Initial projections show a world class eco-tourism attraction of this type could support at least 300 full-time jobs.


The project will provide a focal point for people travelling along the Great Ocean Road, giving them the opportunity to stop for an extended period, including in the off-peak season, and not only experience Eden, but also other Anglesea activities like surfing, boating and hiking, as well as the area’s hospitality and accommodation.


Eden Cornwall has contributed more than £2bn to the local economy since 2001, and there is strong potential for figures relative to those in Anglesea.

Why did Eden Project come to Anglesea?

Eden has a wealth of experience in environmental, social and economic regeneration and similarly to the Anglesea concept site, Eden’s home in Cornwall is situated within a former mine.


Eden first heard about the opportunity in Anglesea when several community members contacted Eden to suggest it investigate the former mine site for a new Eden Project.

What is the size of the concept and what will it look like?

The concept sits in harmony with the Anglesea Heath within the former mining area, and next to the proposed water body.


The site represents a total footprint of approximately 40 hectares, of which the concept’s built form would occupy less than 10 per cent.


As the concept shows, it’s a low impact design with a number of pavilions nestled into the landscape and connected via walkways.

How much will it cost and who is funding it?

Through all stages of analysis, planning, design and construction, the concept is estimated to cost approximately $150 million.


Eden will be seeking potential investors for the project and the typical infrastructure support for projects of this kind from Government.

How can the community get involved and provide feedback?

It’s Eden’s goal to engage with as many people as possible in the consultation phase to energise and inspire the local community and key stakeholders to develop the ideas for what could be their own Eden Project in Anglesea.


More than 800 people attended community consultation events in late May and early June 2019 with more than 3,000 others engaging online.


We’d like to thank those who have participated so far and we encourage people to continue providing their feedback through our short online feedback form [insert link to survey]. It is important to note that we are still in the concept phase and most critical for us is understanding what the local community and key stakeholders want, need, and hope to achieve from the project.


Community input is vital to the creation of an Eden Project that both represents and benefits this beautiful part of the world. As such, our continuing ambition is to provide many diverse opportunities for community involvement and feedback.


So please keep talking to us, providing your feedback and we look forward to continuing the conversation.


What are the next steps?

Considerate of the community feedback received, there are several subsequent steps that need to be undertaken to progress the Eden Project Anglesea concept, such as:


  • - Determination of planning authority and rezoning application process;

  • - Approval of the Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan, including Alcoa obtaining approval to fill the waterbody;

  • - Development of detailed designs incorporating aspects such as built form and scale principles, and traffic and infrastructure planning; and

  • - Submit a rezoning application and potentially planning permits for approval to the relevant authority;


Community engagement will continue to be embedded in next steps.

Is the Eden concept connected to Alcoa’s adjacent former power station site?

The Eden Project Anglesea concept is set within a portion of the former power station site.


As outlined in the Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan, the former power station site will be a community focused precinct, complementing the proposed eco-tourism concept at the former mine site, with connections to the Anglesea township.


The precinct would include a range of facilities such as an elevated observation tower, orientation shelters, picnic spaces, play spaces, walking and cycling paths, recreation areas and activities, as well as tourism accommodation and retail uses.


If the Eden Project Anglesea concept is realised, it would create an opportunity for Eden to provide input into the precinct.

How are you engaging indigenous groups?

We've had positive early discussions with Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, about the Eden Project Anglesea concept. Eden Project are committed to genuine engagement and collaboration with the Wadawurrung – we share a goal to use the project as an exemplar for how a concept should be developed with traditional owners and look forward to working closely together.


Eden Project Anglesea will celebrate the cultural, spiritual and economic connection to the land of the Wadawurrung people, and will also provide employment opportunities for local indigenous people to be on country and manage country.

Key Milestones

Alcoa Anglesea Mine and Power Station closure

Planning begins for the remediation and closure of the mine site, and the demolition and remediation of the power station

Guiding Principles for future land use planning developed with the community

2017

Community consultation about Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan

Draft Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan submitted to the Victorian Government’s Earth Resources Regulation

2018

Community consultation about Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan

Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan published and submitted to the Victorian Government’s Anglesea Futures

2019

Eden Project Anglesea concept released for community consultation

Determination of planning authority and rezoning application process

Approval for Alcoa to fill the waterbody

Detailed designs incorporating aspects such as built form and scale principles, and traffic and infrastructure planning

Submission of a rezoning application and potentially planning permits for approval to the relevant authority
Continued community consultation

Next Steps

Alcoa Anglesea Mine and Power Station closure

Planning begins for the remediation and closure of the mine site, and the demolition and remediation of the power station

Guiding Principles for future land use planning developed with the community

Community consultation about Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan

Draft Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan submitted to the Victorian Government’s Earth Resources Regulation

Community consultation about Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan

Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan published and submitted to the Victorian Government’s Anglesea Futures

Eden Project Anglesea concept released for community consultation

Determination of planning authority and rezoning application process

Approval for Alcoa to fill the waterbody

Detailed designs incorporating aspects such as built form and scale principles, and traffic and infrastructure planning

Submission of a rezoning application and potentially planning permits for approval to the relevant authority
Continued community consultation

A place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extremes of the elements – earth, air, water, fire – and in so doing, creating a must-see prelude to a journey on the Great Ocean Road. Eden Project Anglesea is a concept set within the extraordinary landscape of the heath, celebrating, preserving and enhancing the ecology and environment.

Concept inspirations

Earth

Earth will explore the worlds beneath our feet:  the present - showcasing the wondrous networks, partnerships and wars in the soil that are fundamental to all life on Earth;  the past – travelling through the strata to the hidden worlds embodied in the limestone of the Great Ocean Road, guaranteeing you will never look at the Apostles in the same way again.

Air

Taking visitors on literal and metaphorical journeys into the sky, this pavilion uses the element of “air” as inspiration to a space of world-class experience, collective challenges, inspiring panoramas and explorations of our local and universal connections to the worlds above us: of big weather, planetary systems and the atmosphere.

Water

Housed below the water level, a magical immersion into mysterious worlds of water awaits, acting as a portal to neighbouring freshwater ecologies as well as below the waves at Point Addis. It is driven by the act of purification: of the lake’s chemistry and our culture’s philosophy. Rising from the lake, a wondrous centrepiece that is the inner sanctum of the project, a living monument to deep-time and a statement of intent to humanity’s central role as planetary stewards.

Fire

Inspired both by the ancient sunlight trapped as coal, and by the real-time sunlight that powers life on Earth, the fire pavilion is an urgent and visceral fire temple for the twenty first century. Harnessing the element through our own imagined rituals, collective activities and reverence, we will explore fire’s essential link to destruction and regeneration.

A place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extremes of the elements – earth, air, water, fire – and in so doing, creating a must-see prelude to a journey on the Great Ocean Road. Eden Project Anglesea is a concept set within the extraordinary landscape of the heath, celebrating, preserving and enhancing the ecology and environment.

Earth

Air

Concept inspirations

Fire

Water

Earth will explore the worlds beneath our feet:  the present - showcasing the wondrous networks, partnerships and wars in the soil that are fundamental to all life on Earth;  the past – travelling through the strata to the hidden worlds embodied in the limestone of the Great Ocean Road, guaranteeing you will never look at the Apostles in the same way again.

Taking visitors on literal and metaphorical journeys into the sky, this pavilion uses the element of “air” as inspiration to a space of world-class experience, collective challenges, inspiring panoramas and explorations of our local and universal connections to the worlds above us: of big weather, planetary systems and the atmosphere.

Housed below the water level, a magical immersion into mysterious worlds of water awaits, acting as a portal to neighbouring freshwater ecologies as well as below the waves at Point Addis. It is driven by the act of purification: of the lake’s chemistry and our culture’s philosophy. Rising from the lake, a wondrous centrepiece that is the inner sanctum of the project, a living monument to deep-time and a statement of intent to humanity’s central role as planetary stewards.

Inspired both by the ancient sunlight trapped as coal, and by the real-time sunlight that powers life on Earth, the fire pavilion is an urgent and visceral fire temple for the twenty first century. Harnessing the element through our own imagined rituals, collective activities and reverence, we will explore fire’s essential link to destruction and regeneration.

Eden Project 

Anglesea Concept

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Current Alcoa mine rehabilitation site

Eden Project Anglesea site concept

Air concept - pavilion for literal and metaphorical journeys into the sky

Earth concept - exploring the worlds beneath our feet

Low-impact design of walkway-connected pavilions nestled into the landscape

Water concept – a wondrous centrepiece rising from the lake

Current Alcoa mine rehabilitation site

Eden Project Anglesea site concept

Earth concept - exploring the worlds beneath our feet

Air concept - pavilion for literal and metaphorical journeys into the sky

Water concept – a wondrous centrepiece rising from the lake

Low-impact design of walkway-connected pavilions nestled into the landscape

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