Community Forum Invitation – Sunday April 20

Surf Coast Air Action invite you to a public forum to discuss the future of Alcoa’s coal mine and power station.

Where: Anglesea Hall, McMillan Street
When: April 20th 2014 (Easter Sunday)
Time: 2:00pm

Invited speakers will address the health, environmental and fire risks associated with the mine and power station. In addition, there will be presentations focusing on employment opportunities created when the mine and power station are shut down.

Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

We look forward to your attendance.

The Anglesea coal mine and power station was established by Alcoa in 1961 for the express purpose of supplying electricity to its Point Henry aluminium smelter. Alcoa has announced its intention to close its Point Henry smelter in Geelong in August 2014. In December 2013 Alcoa applied to the Essential Services Commission to supply electricity directly to the grid once Point Henry closes. It has since announced its intention to sell the coal mine and power station to an electricity generation and supply company.

The Alcoa power station in Anglesea is one of the worst polluting power stations in Australia. It is less then one tenth the size and output of Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley, but it emits 3 times the total volume of sulphur dioxide. Alcoa has consistently refused to upgrade this old, highly polluting plant by installing sulphur dioxide scrubbing technology. There is a long history of Anglesea residents enduring high levels of particulate matter and pollutants in their air. The continued existence of this power station and coal pit surrounded by a national park, within 500 metres of homes, within 1km of a primary school and next to the iconic Great Ocean Road can no longer be justified by the production of a mere 150 megawatts.