To: Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria; Russell Northe, Minister for Energy and Resources; and Sarah Henderson, Member for Corangamite

Shut It Down: Anglesea Power Station

UPDATE: Alcoa Australia has announced the closure of the Anglesea coal mine and power station effective from 31 August, 2015!

Shut It Down: Anglesea Power Station

We call on the Victorian Government to block the planned sale of the Anglesea coal mine and power station by immediately reviewing the decision by the Essential Services Commission to grant Alcoa a licence to feed power into the Victorian grid.

Why is this important?

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 August 2014. Without the aluminum smelter, the power station has no reason to continue operating.

In May 2014, the Essential Services Commission granted Alcoa a licence to supply electricity directly to the grid once Point Henry closes. Alcoa has since announced its intention to sell the coal mine and power station to an electricity generation company, offloading it’s responsibility to rehabilitate the site.

The Alcoa power station in Anglesea is one of the worst emitters of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in Australia. Though only one tenth the size and output of the Hazelwood power station in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley, it emits 3 times the total volume of SO2 – 39,000 tonnes per year. SO2 is known to cause respiratory problems, particularly in children, the elderly, and asthmatics. According to the World Health Organisation there is no safe level of exposure to SO2.

Alcoa has consistently refused to upgrade this old, highly polluting plant, even though it made an express commitment in 2003 to reduce SO2 emissions by 60% from a base figure of 32,000 tonnes per year.

Anglesea is also designated by the CFA as one of the most bushfire prone areas in Victoria. We do not want a disaster like the Hazelwood fire to happen on our doorstep.

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 of energy.

Surf Coast Air Action is a group of Anglesea locals trying to reclaim the rights of their community to live free from dangerous health risks and keep coal pollutants off our coast. Please help us send a message to the Victorian government: Shut It Down.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be hand delivered to Members of Parliament.


Reasons for signing

  • there is no good reason for Australia to operate any coal fired power stations
  • stop selling us your dirty fuel
  • A mining company wanted to set up a brown coal mine in my community of Bacchus Marsh just a few hundred metres from my old high school, digging through a water table that services all the market gardens and orchards in the Moorabool and Wyndham Vale areas so I know how this sort of pollution can affect the environment, the health and wellbeing of the community and threaten our safety and I don't want it to continue. We need to stop this needless poisoning of Australia communities.

Updates

2016-08-23 07:28:10 +1000
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Petition is successful with 8,155 signatures

2015-05-15 09:56:15 +1000
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Petition is successful with 8,145 signatures

2014-07-20 15:02:05 +1000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-07-08 11:48:47 +1000

Check out Anglesea residents on our pristine beach sending a clear message: Shut It Down

https://vimeo.com/98849475

2014-03-06 18:36:53 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-02-28 19:32:45 +1100

500 signatures reached

2014-02-26 22:47:33 +1100

100 signatures reached

2014-02-26 22:37:31 +1100

Keep up to date with the campaign at http://surfcoast.airaction.org or https://www.facebook.com/SurfCoastAirAction
We also have a public information meeting planned for the Easter weekend in Anglesea. Watch the websites for more information.

2014-02-26 19:23:07 +1100

50 signatures reached

2014-02-26 17:24:18 +1100

25 signatures reached

2014-02-26 14:16:20 +1100

10 signatures reached