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Aerial CGI shot of Eden Project Anglesea

Eden Project Anglesea, Australia

Eden Project Anglesea is a concept for a world class eco-tourism attraction on the site of a former coal mine which has been projected to create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate AU$350m for the regional economy in its first 10 years of operation.

Intro

Did you know?

Eden Project Anglesea is the furthest new Eden from Cornwall, with 10,711 miles between it and the original Eden Project.

The vision

Eden Project Anglesea will fuse science and wonder to immerse visitors in the elements of fire, air, earth and water that are responsible for shaping the stunning coastal region along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

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.

Eden Project Anglesea presents an opportunity to showcase the site’s unique natural values while making a significant and lasting contribution to the region for generations to come. The project brings to life the guiding principles Alcoa developed in partnership with the Anglesea community to shape the transformation of the former mine site, which closed in 2015.

Stats

  1. 18 gigalitres

    The amount of water needed to completely fill the mine void, equivalent to 7,200 Olympic swimming pools.
  2. 243 kilometres

    The length of the Great Ocean Road, built by WW1 veterans as a memorial to fallen soldiers, making it the largest war memorial in the world.
  3. 40 hectares

    The size of Eden Project Anglesea, with the built form occupying around 10 per cent of this.
  4. 12 apostles

    45-metre high limestone structures in the Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road (eight are still standing). Eden Project Anglesea's structure rising from the water is a tribute to this magnificent landmark.

Traditional owners

Traditional owners

Eden and Alcoa of Australia acknowledge Wadawurrung as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Anglesea mine and power station stand and pay our respects.

Before embarking on the initial community consultation, Eden and Alcoa representatives met the Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation to brief them on the project and discuss opportunities for ongoing Wadawurrung involvement in the planning and development of Eden Project Anglesea.

History of the site

The site was used for coal mining between 1959 and 2015, providing fuel for the adjacent power station, since when Alcoa have embarked on a programme of decommissioning and mine rehabilitation.

Since closing operations in 2015, Alcoa has been actively progressing the rehabilitation and closure of the Anglesea mine and power station site to deliver a safe, stable and sustainable site. Working in a safe and environmentally compliant manner, they have reached many milestones including the decommissioning and removal of the power station, and the completion of the major earthworks program and vegetation strategy works in the mine.

Map of Australia with Anglesea marked with a pin

Location

Anglesea is a small town of around 2,500 people in the Australian state of Victoria, located on the south coast of the country and 68 miles (110 kilometres) away from the Victorian state capital Melbourne.

Eden Project Anglesea overview

Anglesea mine rehabilitation update

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