Anglesea Futures Land Use Framework
The Victorian State Government, in October 2018, released its Anglesea Futures Land Use Framework for the future of the former Alcoa coal mine and power station site in Anglesea.
The Anglesea Futures Land Use Framework – October 2018 (the Framework) will guide future changes to the site, setting the strategic direction for future land use within the study area. Being the first step, the Framework sets the direction for future land use. It does not rezone land nor approve any development; future implementation actions will include detailed proposals and consideration of planning approvals which will include public consultation.
The Framework was informed by site attributes, relevant policy/strategies and stakeholder and community engagement. The Framework includes changes from the Anglesea Futures Draft Land Use Plan that was released in December 2017 for consultation.
By listening to the community, understanding the environment and by considering relevant policy and strategies, the Framework provides for environmental, community and economic benefits for locals and the broader region.
As a high-level strategy the Framework focuses on the fundamental question of: what is the future land use direction?
Responding to the environment and the community, the Framework supports conservation for the vast majority of the study area as well as active recreation, eco and adventure-based tourism. It supports new tourist facilities on private land that will support local employment and businesses throughout the year, while contributing to the regional economy. While it supports limited rural living, the Framework does not support residential urban development or a change to the township boundary in response to community concerns and potential impacts.
New land uses are focused on areas that have been heavily modified by the former mine and power station. Areas will be opened up for the community and visitors for the first time in fifty years, with opportunities for improved infrastructure, facilities and trails to support recreation and people engaging with the environment.
The Framework has been prepared by the Victorian State Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Anglesea Futures Community Conversations
Following the closure of the mine and power station north of Anglesea in 2015, the Anglesea Futures Community Conversations was established by DELWP, Surf Coast Shire Council and Parks Victoria as a forum for community discussion on a range of issues including future land use, the heath, and water.
A range of community engagement phases and community input occurred since the Anglesea Futures Community Conversations series commenced. Feedback during engagement activities was captured and summarised.
On Friday the 15 June 2018 DELWP released the Anglesea Futures Summary of Feedback - Draft Land Use Plan and Engagement Report June 2018 .
It is important to understand that the Framework provides the strategic direction and guides future implementation steps.
The Framework does not rezone any land nor approve any development, which will need to go through standard planning processes, including public consultation. Standard processes include the appointment of an independent panel to consider objections to proposed amendments to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme, which includes applications to rezone private freehold land.
Any future concept or development proposal will need to justify why it is appropriate, including how it responds to the site, the Anglesea township and the Anglesea Futures Land Use Framework. Detailed information would also be required on the proposed design responses to bushfire risk and native vegetation.