No new coal at Anglesea - time to start the transition
Since 1961 Alcoa has been operating a coal mine just inland from Anglesea on Victoria’s Surf Coast. The mine and attached power station provides energy for the Point Henry smelter, which produces aluminium for local use and export.
Under the original 1961 lease conditions, Alcoa has an automatic option to mine the site for another 50 years, but the company is currently in negotiations with the State government about a substantial expansion of it’s open cut mine. They are seeking a license to operate for another 50 years.
This is at the same time that the government has said it will close off the surrounding area to wind energy developments.
The coal mine negotiations have understandably raised many health and amenity concerns amongst locals. The mine will further destroy the heritage listed heathlands, an ecological asset which is recognised internationally, that exist on the mining lease. Up to an extra 600 hectares could be subjected to open cut mining.
A range of groups, including the local energy group Surf Coast Energy Group and Angair, the local 40 year old flora and fauna group, plus state level environmental organisations like Friends of the Earth and The Greens are opposing the expansion.
Because a re-newed license would lock the Surf Coast into another 50 years of polluting coal production, we believe that the Surf Coast and surrounding area currently stands at a cross roads in terms of how the region should develop.
Tourism now provides far more jobs than coal mining (accommodation, food and retail are the top three employers) and the Surf Coast is the ‘home’ of Australian surfing. People are drawn to the coast – to live, work, visit and surf – because of it’s sublime environment and clean air and water. An expanded mine will create more greenhouse and other pollution, dust in the township of Anglesea, local health impacts, and further loss of precious heathland environments.
The good news is that, with the right policy and incentives, the Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and surrounding regions could easily produce as much energy as the coal mine from renewable and other clean energy sources.
Please check here for details on what the clean energy options are for the region.
Choosing a clean energy future would further enhance the Surf Coasts reputation as a green and forward thinking community. It would also bring new investment and opportunities to the region. The combined industries in Geelong make it one of the most energy intensive towns in the country. It is vital that the community shows support for a practical transition for these industries to renewable energy, which includes the Alcoa smelter. The Surf Coast is ideally situated for new renewable energy projects.
Anglesea is a great place to live. It also relies on people visiting and staying to keep the local economy healthy. Who wants to visit a town with a coal mine literally in its backyard?
Please take action
If you are concerned about what an enlarged coal mine will mean to you, your family and your community, please contact the Premier and the Planning Minister.
You can find a suggested letter here.
older information on this campaign.
stop Alcoa Anglesea mine from making an impact on:
- our health
- our heathland
- CO2 emissions
The state government intends to renew Alcoa's mining lease for another 50 years.
Please join local residents in voicing your concern about the impacts this will have on public health, heathland and CO2 emissions.
Anglesea Air Action will be holding a Family Information Session highlighting concerns about the proposed 50 year extension of the Alcoa coal mining lease.
There will be a Jumping Castle and people are invited to bring a picnic and find out what's happening in their backyard.
We are calling for :• a shorter lease period • an environmental impact statement on the heritage heathland area earmarked for the mine expansion• an inquiry into health concerns of Anglesea residents
join concerned Anglesea locals at the
ANGLESEA AIR ACTION
Easter Saturday, 12pm Saturday 23rd April
The group was formed by concerned residents and is backed by the Surf Coast Energy Group.
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