May 24, 2019
World-class Eden Project could transform visitation to the Great Ocean Road
GREAT Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT) has welcomed a proposal by Alcoa to establish a world class eco-tourism attraction, designed by the Eden Project, at its former mine site at Anglesea.
The leading UK environmental organisation had drafted plans to transform a portion of the old mine into a fascinating outdoor experience that educates and informs visitors about the local natural landscape.
GORRT Chair, Wayne Kayler-Thomson said the concept would interpret the magnificent environmental attributes along the Great Ocean Road, including the Great Otway National Park.
“This proposed, one-of-a-kind attraction – which would be part of Alcoa’s responsible transitioning out of its freehold land – would be the first Eden Project in Australia,” said Mr Kayler-Thomson.
“The concept strongly aligns with our region’s greatest strength – nature. If this project gets support, it would literally be a game-changer for the visitor economy in the Great Ocean Road region and beyond.”
Mr Kayler-Thomson explained that the Strategic Master Plan for the Visitor Economy of the Great Ocean Road 2015-2025, prepared by GORRT, identified that more than $1 billion in public and private investment was needed to develop a strong and sustainable tourism industry.
“The establishment of such an incredible attraction would be a huge step,” he said. “It would encourage visitors to stay longer, spend more and travel across the entire region throughout the whole year. People from far and wide would come to see the Eden Project in Angelsea.”
Mr Kayler-Thomson encouraged tourism operators and other interested stakeholders to attend information sessions on Monday, May 27 (2pm-4.30pm) and Saturday, June 1 (11.30am-2pm) at the Anglesea Memorial Hall.
Media inquiries: Liz Price, General Manager GORRT, 0448 385 176 or [email protected]