Plans revealed for $150 million eco-tourism site at former coal mine in Victoria

Resources giant Alcoa and a UK-based charity are seeking community feedback for a $150 million rehabilitation plan that will turn a former coal mine into an eco-tourism attraction in Victoria.

The Eden Project previously redeveloped a UK quarry into a series of gardens that feature large domes, and now hopes to create a similar eco-attraction that aims to tell a story of sustainability at Alcoa’s 325-hectare former mine site in Anglesea.

Alcoa closed the site in 2015 after 46 years of operation and has since funded the concept work for the Eden Project development. Rehabilitation will continue to be managed by Alcoa over the next 10 years.

“We’ve envisioned a place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extreme elements – fire, air, earth and water – which have shaped the surf coast region and its inhabitants for millennia, said chief executive of the Eden Project International, David Harland.

The Eden Project and Alcoa estimate the project could create 300 full-time jobs and attract thousands of visitors, should it receive fully community support. The concept will be presented to Anglesea residents over the next two weeks.