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celebrating 10 years in anglesea heath

Alcoa Anglesea and Parks Victoria have celebrated 10 years of co-managing the Anglesea Heath.

This unique cooperative agreement was a first of its kind in Australia. It sees a resources company and a government agency working together to co-manage over 7000 hectares of Alcoa’s mining lease, known locally as the Anglesea Heath.

The agreement is formalised in the Anglesea Heath Management Plan* that provides the framework for management of the Heath and was signed by Parks Victoria and Alcoa in 2000 after extensive community consultation.

Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge East Otways, Frank Gleeson, said giving Parks Victoria the legal authority to act on and co-manage the Anglesea Heath has enabled it to be treated consistently with the surrounding Great Otway National Park.

“The two organisations have worked extensively together to improve the Anglesea Heath, including improvements to signage, track rationalisation and rehabilitation, weed removal, and importantly, the presence of Parks Victoria Rangers to help educate the various user groups which helps enormously,” he said.

“All these activities make the Heath more resilient and contribute to a better user experience for local people and visitors.”

At the 10 year celebration event, Alcoa’s Mine Manager, Chris Rolland, spoke of his professional satisfaction in participating in the management of the Anglesea Heath.

“The works done on Cecil Track stand out for me as a real testimony to the strength of this partnership approach to land management.”

The Anglesea Heath Consultative Committee continues to meet and provide guidance on the management of the Anglesea Heath. An update of the management plan by the committee and continuation of the historic agreement has been discussed at recent meetings of the group.

* The first suggestions of a management plan for the Anglesea Heath came in 1996. This was after Alcoa and the then Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) jointly called upon key stakeholders and environmental experts to discuss proposed additions to the National Heritage-listed area within the Anglesea Heath. Each stage in the development of the management plan involved the community, either through a consultative committee, various working parties, or a series of issue workshops.

The consultative committee involved in the compilation of and ongoing engagement in the Anglesea Heath Management Plan includes representatives from Parks Victoria, ANGAIR, the Surf Coast Shire, the Geelong Environment Council, staff from the School of Biology and Chemical Sciences at Deakin University Geelong and Alcoa.

creation of emergency transfer fund in portland
Family members of critically ill patients, transferred from Portland District Health (PDH) to metropolitan hospitals, will have the opportunity to be with their loved ones thanks to a unique new partnership involving Portland Aluminium.

PDH and Portland Aluminium have joined forces to create an emergency transfer fund, believed to be the first of its kind.

The fund will provide financial assistance, to immediate family members of younger patients who have been transferred from Portland to Melbourne, for accommodation and/or return airfares.

PDH Chief Executive Officer, John O’Neill, said the fund would be invaluable in helping families to stay together during times of need.

“While PDH’s emergency department provides high quality care and effective, safe, specialised treatment for all patients, a number of critically ill patients require transfer to another hospital for further treatment," he said.

"This can sometimes result in immediate family members being separated from their loved ones.

“There are many times with younger patients where one parent may be able to travel by air with their child, but the remaining immediate family members have to travel by road when they are stressed and vulnerable.

“It’s a four-hour road trip to Melbourne, but having access to potential flights or accommodation will be of great benefit to families.

“We expect that there will be a lot of demand for this great service,” he added.

Already working in partnership with the hospital through Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine, Portland Aluminium Operations Manager John Osborne said that the smelter was always looking to add value in the community.

“We are extremely pleased to support the fund through our Portland Aluminium Safety League which is an internal program involving our employees raising money through an AFL-based season of safety rounds. 

“Essentially, the safer we work, the more funds are raised for this initiative – it’s definitely a win-win for everyone. I know it has been very motivating for our employees,” he added.

Sharp Aviation has supported the program with discounted airfares for people using the transfer fund.

Note: Suitable applicants will be identified by hospital staff and approved by the emergency department Nurse in Charge.

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Elise Jeffery (Alcoa), Margaret McDonald (ANGAIR), Frank Gleeson (Parks Victoria)

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Representatives of the Anglesea Heath Consultative Committee (L-R): Chris Rolland (Alcoa), Elise Jeffery (Alcoa), Levi Lovett (Parks Victoria), Margaret McDonald (ANGAIR), Evelyn Jones (ANGAIR), Joan Lindross (Geelong Environment Council), Frank Gleeson (Parks Victoria), Rowan Mackenzie (Surf Coast Shire)

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Portland District Health's Anne Burley, Catherine Haldane, and Linzi Donlan (front row) receive a $24,000 cheque from Portland Aluminium's Dan May, Dr Cathy Bones and Neil Daniel (back row) on behalf of the Portland Aluminium Safety League