This design draws inspiration from the flight of Bunjil – an
Aboriginal mythological creator deity – over Corio Bay. Bunjil's wings
"hugging" and "protecting" the landscape are seen in a
wing-cell structure offering a "respiratree" (respiratory + vegetation)
framework to both heal and enable flight.
Critical decisions need to be made over the long-term use of the
former Alcoa site.
CRUISE ship port, a Deakin Univeristy campus or a new residential estate are
just some of the possibilities for Alcoa’s prime Point Henry site, according to
Environment Minister Lisa Neville.The
Member for Bellarine stressed this week Geelong faced critical decisions
determining long-term use of the land once rehabilitation is complete.“It’s
going to be a really critical decision for the community to get this right,” Ms
Neville said.“This massive site,
north facing bay, near the beach, something that is in line of sight as you
come into Geelong, what is it that’s the right thing to do there? We know it‘s
a deep water port there, it’s got a pier, should we utilise that or should we be
looking at residential. What I’m encouraging in government at the moment and
having discussions on at the moment is to look at doing a whole-of-government
process over that whole area of that land, working with the community about
what’s going to deliver the best outcomes for our region because we’ve got to
get this right.”
the Environment Protection Authority are continuing negotiations on
requirements for clean-up of the site after the closure of the smelter and
rolling mill last year.
A timeline for work has not yet been
established but EPA chief executive Nial Finegan said the authority was
reviewing Alcoa’s draft clean-up plan.“The plan is required to detail the various
actions to clean up waste and contaminated soil, sediment, surface water and
groundwater from the premises,” Mr Finegan said. “Alcoa has now submitted
comments on the draft notice issued to it by EPA, as is standard practice. EPA
will now review these and clarify the final notice requirements. It is
anticipated the final notice will be issued in late February.”
stressed the clean-up needed to be thorough, staged and well-planned. “The EPA
will work with Alcoa through the use of its regulatory tools, requiring the
clean-up to be completed in a timely and thorough manner,” he said.
asset planning and management director John Osborne said a project team would
work closely with the EPA in accord with environment protection laws.
“While some minor activities have been
undertaken to date, detailed planning is now underway for the full-scale decommissioning
process which is expected to commence in the near future,” Mr Osborne said. “This
will include recovering and selling scrap materials from inside the smelter
and rolling mill and removing and recycling equipment.” Mr Osborne said that
given the complexity of the project, “we are still developing timelines”.