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 following the closure of Alcoa coal mine and power station.

Since 1961, a large area of Crown land behind Anglesea has been leased to Alcoa to operate a coal mine and power station. In August 2015, the mine and power station ceased operation. This marked the first time in more than 50 years that a coal mine has closed in Victoria. The Crown land at the former mine site, and the area surrounding the mine, is important to Anglesea residents and businesses, as well as the wider community.

Anglesea Futures Community Conversations discusses future land use, protection of the Anglesea Heath, management of the Anglesea River and the long term vision for the Anglesea Region.

Read our fact sheets about Anglesea Futures

Land Use Plan

A Land Use Plan is being prepared to provide a framework for re-use of 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 a high level strategic document, the land uses identified in the plan will be broad (not specific to an individual activity or business). This enables flexibility within parameters and reflects the approach in the Planning Scheme where different areas are zoned for compatible and similar purposes.

The Land Use Plan will include: vision and principles, description of land uses, a map of future land uses and proposed implementation actions. The Land Use Plan will inform future decisions on activities, management, protection and any development on the land. Its implementation may include subsequent changes to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme, the Anglesea Structure Plan as well as detailed design, masterplans and approvals to realise the preferred land use(s).

The Land Use Plan is being prepared by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Surf Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria, in consultation with other government departments and agencies including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Barwon Water (BW), Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) and other agencies as required.

Engagement on land use scenarios closed on 11 September 2017

To guide community discussion and engagement, the Victorian Government, together with Surf Coast Shire and Parks Victoria prepared a Land Use Scenarios Discussion Paper. The community and other stakeholders were asked to tell us of their preferred land use scenario for different parts of the study area.

The engagement process on land use scenarios has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Land Use Scenarios Discussion Paper.

Anglesea Futures Land Use Scenarios Discussion Paper (PDF, 4.4 MB)

Engagement activities included:

  • online survey
  • a community workshop on 20 August 2017 to create land use scenarios with other members of the community
  • an open house session on 27 August 2017 to view community scenarios and talk to the project team
  • written submissions by email or post

The feedback received will help refine the draft Land Use Plan, which will be released later this year. A Summary of Feedback for engagement on land use scenarios will also be released.

Land Use Plan - Overall engagement

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

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

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For further information on previous engagement activities and a summary of prior feedback, please visit:  www.engage.vic.gov.au/angleseafutures

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

Land Use Plan

A Land Use Plan is being prepared to provide a framework for re-use of 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 a high level strategic document, the land uses identified in the plan will be broad (not specific to an individual activity or business). This enables flexibility within parameters and reflects the approach in the Planning Scheme where different areas are zoned for compatible and similar purposes.

The Land Use Plan will include: vision and principles, description of land uses, a map of future land uses and proposed implementation actions. The Land Use Plan will inform future decisions on activities, management, protection and any development on the land. Its implementation may include subsequent changes to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme, the Anglesea Structure Plan as well as detailed design, masterplans and approvals to realise the preferred land use(s).

The Land Use Plan is being prepared by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Surf Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria, in consultation with other government departments and agencies including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Barwon Water (BW), Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) and other agencies as required.

Management of the Anglesea River – Summer 2016/17

Over the 2016-17 summer period the water levels in the Anglesea River were maintained to ensure adequate water levels for social, economic and environmental benefits. The trial was successful with water levels maintained around 1.3m AHD over summer and water quality within agreed parameters.

The short-term option will continue to operate until a long-term management solution is developed. The release of Alcoa’s mine closure plan later in 2017 will inform an appropriate long- term option for the management of the Anglesea River.

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 introduced into Parliament on 6 June 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 threatened at the state level
  • 8 species of flora that are rare or threatened at the national level

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