In May 2019 Alcoa and the Eden Project jointly announced the commencement of a community consultation process to seek feedback ‘on a concept for a world-class ecotourism attraction within Alcoa’s former mine site in Anglesea, Victoria’. The objective of the consultation process was ‘to engage with as many community members and interested stakeholders as possible to inspire them to help us develop the ideas for what could be their Eden Project in Anglesea’.
The Eden Project Anglesea concept is to create ‘a place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extremes of the elements – earth, air, water, fire – and in so doing, creating a must-see prelude to a journey on the Great Ocean Road. Eden Project Anglesea is a concept set within the extraordinary landscape of the heath, celebrating, preserving and enhancing the ecology and environment’.
Jen assisted with the facilitation of two community drop-in sessions, and (with Kylie Cirak) reported on the feedback from these and two presentations to community groups, local/state government representatives and other stakeholders. A total of over 700 people attended the four sessions in May/June 2019.
In August 2019 Jen facilitated a community update meeting involving Eden Project and Alcoa representatives and more than 150 community members. Sally Chandler Ford produced the detailed minutes of the meeting. Further update meetings, also facilitated by Jen were held in October, November and December 2019 and February 2020. The CEO of Eden Project International, David Harland, attended each of these meetings in person or via video link. Participant numbers at each session remained above 120.