Release of the Draft Land Use Plan

The Victorian Government has released a Draft Land Use Plan for community engagement.

Read it here.

Have your say

From 18 December 2017 to 28 February 2018, you can talk to the project team and have your say by:

  • completing the on-line survey: www.engage.vic.gov.au/angleseafutures
  • visiting the Anglesea Riverbank Markets on:
  • Saturday 6 January 2018, from 3pm
  • Sunday 14 January 2018, from 9am
  • visiting the open house on 11 February 2018 (Anglesea Senior Citizens Centre, 1 McMillan Street)
  • making a written submission (by email or post)
  • Land Use Plan

    A Land Use Plan is being prepared for the Anglesea Futures study area to the north of Anglesea, including the former power station and mine. The Land Use Plan will identify potential future land uses on private and public land (Crown land), including land currently leased by Alcoa.

    Being at a strategic level the final Land Use Plan will inform future decisions on activities, management, protection, changes to land tenure and any development on the land..

    The Land Use Plan is being prepared by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

    Below is an outline of the preparation timeline for the Anglesea Futures Land Use Plan.

    Timetable

For further information on how you can be involved in the current engagement on the Draft Land Use Plan, please visit:  www.engage.vic.gov.au/angleseafutures

Community engagement to inform the preparation of the Anglesea Futures Land Use Plan is part of the Anglesea Futures Community Conversations.

Conversation series

The Anglesea Futures Community Conversations series commenced in August 2015. The series is coordinated by DELWP, Surf Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria and seeks to provide a forum for community discussion and feedback on a range of issues. These issues include future land use, protection of the Anglesea Heath, management of the Anglesea River and the long term vision for the Anglesea Region.

In 2016 the series focused on understanding the predicted changes to the physical character and ecological, social and economic values of the Anglesea River estuary resulting from the closure of the power station. Options to manage the predicted change were widely discussed.

This year the conversation series is focused on the future use of the Anglesea power station, coal mine and the Anglesea Heath.

Read our fact sheets about Angelsea Futures

The Anglesea Heath

The Victorian Government has committed to incorporating the Anglesea Heath into the adjacent Great Otway National Park. More than 6,510 hectares of Anglesea Heath will be added to the national park thanks to the early surrender of land by Alcoa. Legislation to incorporate the Heath into the National Park was gazetted on 15 December 2017.

The Anglesea Heath is a unique haven for native flora and fauna and is home to approximately a quarter of Victoria's plant species including:

More than 100 species of orchid, making it one of the most orchid-rich sites in Australia

20 species of flora that are rare or threaten in Victoria

8 species of flora that are rate or threaten in Australia

The Heath is also home to the Powerful Owl, Crimson Rosella, Rufous Bristlebird, New Holland Mouse, Swamp Antechinus and Swamp Skink.

Guiding Principles

The State Government, Surf Coast Shire and Alcoa in conjunction with the community have developed a set of guiding principles to inform conversations on a range of issues including future land use, water, planning and provide a framework for decision making.

  • Value and complement the natural environment
  • Support a diverse range of future uses and outcomes
  • Honour the various cultural and heritage values of the area
  • Compliment the future of the Anglesea Region
  • Provide a safe and stable landform for future uses

More information

Contact: anglesea.futures@delwp.vic.gov.au