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Alcoa/Anglesea land use – release the report urges Ramsay

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay MP last night in Parliament called for the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne to investigate when the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will make public the Anglesea Futures: Land Use Plan.

Mr Ramsay recently met with parliamentary colleagues and Alcoa directors, at which it was foreshadowed an exciting vision for their freehold and leased Crown land site, due to the closure of the mine and the power station in Anglesea.

“Their vision proposes a tourist mecca, with a large water body, ecolodge accommodation, nature trails, restaurants and camp sites; and active recreation, including a relocated larger bike trail, preserved native vegetation and an information centre” Mr Ramsay said.

These projects are all part of the Alcoa Freehold Concept Master Plan Anglesea, which has had broad community consultation and has been submitted to the DELWP as part of the Anglesea Futures: Land Use Plan.

The local community has raised concerns as to the future of the current peppercorn lease Alcoa provides to the local Surf Coast Shire Council for the current bike track and is looking to the government for a decision on possible relocation to a superior site on Crown land.

As the area surrounding the Anglesea power station is a mix of freehold and leased Crown land, with the Great Otway National Park abutting the precinct, there are a number of stakeholders that have planning responsibilities for the future use of the site.

The rehabilitation and closure of the mine site is guided by the Anglesea mine rehabilitation and closure plan. The demolition of the power station has been regulated by WorkSafe and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Numerous interest groups and individuals call for various land use options, for which the largely private freehold land owned by Alcoa would be subject to a number of planning provisions, both from State and Local governments.

Various planning zones on Alcoa land include: special use zone, vegetable protection overlay, and areas of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

“To provide confidence to a close-knit Anglesea community, it is important that the government provides the final conceptual plan for this area and allows the community some rational debate on the merits of the plan, rather than the fairly loose and wild observations that are getting media attention” Mr Ramsay said