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alcoa and greening australia win another award for ‘moolapio’ project
An environmental partnership between Alcoa and Greening Australia has won a second prestigious award.

Our ‘Moolapio’ project took out the 2010 Victorian Coastal Award for Excellence. The Award recognises excellence in developing and implementing a sustainable land management plan, with the Moolapio project encompassing land management, revegetation, seed production and community education and awareness on Alcoa’s land surrounding the Point Henry smelter and rolling plant in Geelong Victoria.

This is Moolapio’s second award win. In 2008 the project won the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for ‘best specific environmental initiative’.

‘Moolapio’ is initially focused on five hundred hectares of land - the site is an exciting and diverse range of landforms, including rare foreshore habitats to expansive saline and freshwater wetlands to agricultural land.

Presenting the Award, the Honourable Gavin Jennings, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change said: “These awards recognise and acknowledge outstanding contributions to protecting the values of Victoria’s coast – be they natural, historical, visual or built. In addition to the environmental benefits, a healthy coast encourages tourism which creates jobs in local communities."

Ron Dodds, Regional Manager for Greening Australia Victoria, said Moolapio ticks boxes for both the local community and the scientific community.

“Greening Australia is transforming landscapes across the country by entering into partnerships like this one with Alcoa and the Australian Government.  We engage communities and provide environmental opportunity for local people. 

“Our planning and restoration work is based on sound scientific research and this project in particular will extend our ability to continue research into grassland restoration and coastal protection on a considerable scale.”

Alcoa’s Point Henry Operations Manager Stewart Esdale said the award was recognition for a partnership that is producing real results for the environment and community.

“Protecting and preserving the environment is a core element of Alcoa’s sustainability commitment and the Moolapio project is a fantastic example of Alcoa working with Greening Australia to engage the local community and improve the environmental landscape surrounding the smelter.”

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Alcoa Point Henry nestled in the Coastal Saltmarsh

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The Rounded Noon-Flower, Coastal Marsh Point Henry