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Anglesea comes alive for Alcoa's 35 years
24 May 2004

Alcoa and the Anglesea community celebrated three and a half decades of working together in a sea of colour and activity on Sunday May 23 at the Alcoa Anglesea 35 year anniversary and new mine fleet expo.

Alcoa Anglesea Manager, Phil Cooke, says the expo was attended by nearly 3000 visitors from as far away as South Australia and was a great success with activities for all the family.

"In addition to our new mine fleet, which impressed the big crowd, the stalls and displays along the Anglesea riverbank by Alcoa and the 35 Anglesea and district community groups were very popular with visitors.

"The Anglesea Lions and Lionesses cooked a bbq throughout the day and we had entertainment provided by talented local groups Circus 3230 and the Anglesea NEIP who conducted a composting workshop for the huge crowd," said Mr Cooke.

The Victorian Minister for Energy Industries and Resources, The Honourable Theo Theophanous officially opened the Expo at 12.30pm at the Anglesea riverbank describing Alcoa, "as a good corporate citizen."

In keeping with Anglesea's recent commitment to become plastic-bag free, each visitor was provided, by Alcoa, with a calico bag for giveaways and Minister Theophanous, a part-time Anglesea resident, also pledged his commitment by signing on to the community charter to meet the challenge.

The 160 megawatt Anglesea Power Station came online in 1969 to supply approximately 41 percent of the energy requirements for Alcoa's Pt Henry smelter. The company employs 109 full-time employees, of which nearly half gave up their time to volunteer at the expo.

"Within the worldwide Alcoa system, the Anglesea Power Station is recognised as a unique integration of industry, community, government and environment working together", said Paul Hallam, Alcoa's Director of Victorian Operations, when referring to Alcoa's coal mine, power station and co-management role of the Anglesea Heath with Parks Victoria.

Surf Coast Shire Mayor Beth Davidson was also on hand to help present Alcoa sponsorship cheques to six local community groups. Those groups involved include:

  • the Anglesea CFA receiving US$3,000 for equipment,
  • the Anglesea Bowling Club receiving $600 for the Alcoa open Men's fours (sponsored by Alcoa since 1978),
  • $500 for the Torquay Primary School for environmental studies,
  • $400 to the Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College for the school's robotics program,
  • $300 to the Anglesea Historical Society for the William Buckley celebrations,
  • $250 to the Torquay Netball Club for development programs and
  • $200 to the Aireys Inlet-Fairhaven Neighbourhood Watch.

Councillor Davidson spoke of the contribution of Alcoa to the Anglesea community.

"Transparency, openness, integrity of process and goodwill have been constantly reflected by Anglesea Alcoans," said Councillor Davidson.

Phil Cooke said, "as a neighbour in the Anglesea community, Alcoa strives to be a good citizen and welcomes the opportunity to provide financial assistance and in-kind support to the people and groups who are working towards this goal of a stronger and sustainable community".

The event was attended by nearly 3000 visitors from as far away as South Australia. It ran from 10am to 4pm and many people took the opportunity to enjoy the festival like atmosphere of the Anglesea Riverbank, as well as the tours of Alcoa's operations complete with brand new mine fleet.

Alcoa Birthday Tent

Contacts & Links
Brendan Foran
Community Relations Officer
03 5263 4249 or 0404 800 346
Web site:

Click to visit Alcoa's Birthday Party pics

Source: Alcoa Media Release

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