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
- $500 for the Torquay Primary School for environmental
- $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
- $200 to the Aireys Inlet-Fairhaven Neighbourhood
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.
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