PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Aluminium major Alcoa and a UK-based educational and environmental charity, The Eden Project, have teamed up to investigate the possibility of turning Alcoa’s former Anglesea mine site, in Victoria, into a tourist attraction.
The two companies were planning 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 ecotourism 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 A$150-million. Following achievement of the relevant planning and rezoning approvals, the construction is expected to be complete within 18 to 24 months.
“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,” said Alcoa director for asset planning and management John Osborne.
“We look forward to receiving input from the Anglesea community and key stakeholders on this concept for the freehold mine site.”
The concept will be presented to the local community over the next two weeks, allowing for consultation and feedback.
Operations at Anglesea mine and power station ceased in 2015.