Alcoa gives Anglesea Heath land to Great Otway National Park conservation effort

Last Modified: Thu Feb 02 2017 10:07:35 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 6,510 ha
    + of the Anglesea Heath is set to be absorbed into the Great Otway National Park under a deal with long-term leaseholders Alcoa. This is in line with the company’s commitment to rehabilitate the former coal mine and power station site.
  • 01 Feb 2017
    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio made this announcement in Anglesea, with relevant legislation expected to be introduced into Parliament later this year.
  • 25%
    of Victoria’s plant species (around 700) are located within the Anglesea Heath making it a unique haven for native flora and fauna. Some of the plant and animal species include:
  • 100
    + species of orchid - from the tiny Helmet Orchid to the Great Sun Orchid - can be found at the heathlands, making it one of the most orchid-rich sites in Australia
  • 20
    species of flora that are rare or threatened at the state level
  • 8
    species of flora that are rare or threatened at the national level.
  • 100
    species of native birds - including the Powerful Owl and Rufous Bristlebird - can be found here.
  • 29
    mammal species, including the critically endangered New Holland Mouse and rare species such as the Swamp Antechinus and White-footed Dunnart, have been recorded in the heathlands.