Local Escapes

Victoria Might Be Getting Its Very Own Eden Project

By Ben Tyers
27th May 2019


The Anglesea Coal Mine and former power station side has been lying abandoned near the popular beach-side town since late 2015, but the site may be getting a new lease on life thanks to the team behind popular UK attraction, Eden Project.

Co-founder of Eden Project, Tim Smith, is currently in Australia to present a $150 million proposal to the local community and stakeholders in what is proposed to be a massive eco-tourism destination for the Surf Coast.

The original Eden Project is situated in Cornwall, UK, and has seen more than 20-million visitors since it first launched in 2001. The site is dominated by two large dome clusters which house thousands of plant species, with each dome emulating a natural biome.

The proposed Eden Project in Anglesea would take up around four hectares of the 143 hectares of land that Alco own in the vicinity. 6500 hectares of the land has already been handed over to the Victorian government.

The plan for the site includes a lake with piers leading into the water, alongside huge art installations. Given the project is currently being put forward for community consultation nothing is set in stone. We’ll definitely be keeping a keen eye on this one as it develops.

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Image credit: Eden Project

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