The world has changed in ways no one could have predicted when Eden Project Anglesea was announced in May 2019.
At the time we shared a vision of 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 and demonstrating the extraordinary natural world that we are a part of.
While the pandemic hasn’t changed our confidence in realising this vision, it has obviously affected everyone’s lives in profound ways.
Many of the positive impacts of lockdowns - a greater connection to nature on your doorstep, hearing the birds singing, seeing the nature flourish and stronger communities - are the kind of things Eden has been talking about for years.
We get the distinct impression that no one wants to go back to “normal” as we knew it and Eden is wellplaced to be part to be part of a positive change.
So where are we at? Resolving the mine’s water strategy is our current focus. We all want a solution that works for the community and the environment, and that drives new opportunities for people and communities as well. Healthy and thriving lands equate to healthy and happy people! We are supportive of Alcoa’s application to Southern Rural Water and we are hoping for a resolution soon.
Our team are ready, we know that we have widespread support, willing partners locally, regionally and nationally and moreover, we think that this project is significant for Australia and will be an exemplar of how we should be looking after our home.
It is a genuine sadness not to be able to get out to see you all in person, however, those times will return. Until then…