Anglesea Futures is about understanding the community expectations, needs and ideas for the future of the Anglesea Region 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.

Share your ideas on the future use of the Anglesea Futures study area

We are seeking your ideas on the future use of the Anglesea Futures study area to the north of Anglesea including the coal mine and power station. Your ideas will inform a draft land use plan, that will be released for comment later in 2017 as part of the government's Anglesea Futures Community Conversation series

Share your ideas by attending an open house, completing the on-line survey or by posting your idea to the project team.

Attend an Anglesea Futures Community Conversations Open House

All members of the community are welcome to drop in at any time to walk through displays and share with us your ideas for the future use of the Anglesea Futures study area. The displays will include information about the preparation of the Anglesea Futures land use plan and an update on the integration of the Anglesea Heath into the Great Otway National Park and the health of the Anglesea River.  

Open House Sunday 11 June 2017, Queens Birthday Weekend (following Alcoa CCN meeting)

  • When: 1pm - 3pm
  • Where: Anglesea Senior Citizens Centre, 1 McMillan Street, Anglesea

Open House and Ideas Forum Sunday 25 June 2017

  • When: 10am to 3pm Sunday 25 June 2017.
  • Where: Anglesea Memorial Hall, 1 McMillan St, Anglesea

The Ideas Forum will also include presentations from stakeholders and members of the community about ideas for the future use of the Anglesea Futures study area.  Registration is required if would you like to make a presentation, please contact the project team:

Complete the survey

Your ideas for the future use of the Anglesea Futures study area can be provided in an online survey at the project website from 11 – 30 June

Make a written submission

Post your ideas to Project Team – Anglesea Futures Land Use Plan. PO BOX 103, Geelong VIC 3220

All submissions, survey responses and on-line feedback must be received between the 11 and 30 June 2017.

Feedback received will inform the preparation of land use scenarios for the site and then a draft land use plan that are to be released for public comment during the second half of this year.

Anglesea Futures Community Conversations are coordinated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Surf Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria.


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.

Read our fact sheets about Angelsea Futures

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

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