Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:00

More than 1,300 new jobs are among the economic benefits of Eden Project Anglesea to be presented at today’s G21 Geelong Regional Alliance Stakeholder Forum.

Economic modelling shows that Eden Project Anglesea would generate $350 million in the Surf Coast Shire in the first 10 years of operation.

The eco-tourism destination would create more than 500 ongoing full-time jobs with 300 at the site and an additional 200 jobs supported in the wider region. This represents almost four times the number of workers at Alcoa’s former power station and mine.

Meanwhile direct construction investment for the project is estimated to be $150 million, with 170 direct construction jobs anticipated. An additional 700 jobs are expected to be created in the G21 region during the construction phase of the project.

Following an overwhelming response of support and enthusiasm from the Anglesea community since the concept was first presented in May, Eden and Alcoa are now looking to build further on the support of regional leaders and key government stakeholders.

Chief Executive of Eden Project International David Harland, who is presenting at today’s G21 Forum said: “Anglesea is a fantastic place and we want Eden Project Anglesea to enhance what the town already provides to locals and the wider region.

“The project will offer greater tourism opportunities, bring more jobs to the local economy and build on Anglesea’s history of strong environmental stewardship.

“The economic projections for the Surf Coast region are similar to what we have achieved in Cornwall through our commitment to partnerships with the local community.

“While the economic benefits are hugely significant, our engagement with the Traditional Owners of the land, building our partnerships in biodiversity and continuing our involvement in active community engagement and consultation remain priorities at this time.”

Alcoa’s Anglesea Site Asset Manager Warren Sharp said: “Alcoa’s goal is to leave a legacy that benefits the Anglesea community economically, environmentally and socially.

“Eden Project Anglesea will be a key part of achieving this vision with the job projections well exceeding the permanent Alcoa positions at the former mine and power station site.”

The critical next steps for Alcoa and Eden are the resolution of the water strategy to fill the mine void and determining the relevant planning process for the next phase.

In addition to his attendance at the G21 Geelong Regional Alliance Stakeholder Forum, David Harland will be in Victoria this week to meet with other regional and state stakeholders, to continue driving momentum for Eden Project Anglesea.