Anglesea not an urban sprawl like other nearby towns


The combination of the Anglesea 20 – 30 Year Plan coupled with Alcoa’s presence has spared Anglesea from the urbanisation that has affected other towns. Whilst Anglesea’s proximity to the fastest growing regional urbanisation in Australia presents a direct threat to Anglesea’s character it also provides nearby employment opportunities.


The additional positive news is that Anglesea has in recent years further developed a camping / recreation based economy that draws on Anglesea’s natural environment.

Anglesea's economy is thriving


Anglesea as a Coastal Community is thriving


  2011 2016 % Change
Population 2454 2545 +3.7%
Families 629 658 +4.6%
Median Age 48 51 +6.3%
Weekly Income 959 1284 +33.9%
Unemployed 3.8% 2.7% -0.9%
Volunteer Work 30.4% 34.2% +3.8%
Work at Home   7.5% +7.5%


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

DELWP's role in the community


DELWP are the State Government department who have been running the Anglesea Futures process. In conjunction with the Surf Coast Shire (SCS) they are the regulatory bodies responsible for determining the use of the land.


Initial community survey results, which many Anglesea people took part in, indicated a strong conservation theme consistent with the Anglesea 20 – 30 Year Plan.

Alcoa is seeking to develop Anglesea outside of it's original remit


Since 1961 Alcoa has existed alongside the Anglesea township with leased and purchased (freehold) land that was annexed from the State Forest. Alcoa is looking to make a profit from the sale of it's freehold land. 

This land was assigned as a Special Use Zone specifically prohibiting:

  • Residential Housing
  • Retail
  • Industry


Alcoa expect to rezone their freehold land to maximise the return on sale prior to departure. The proposed uses directly conflict the zoning under which Alcoa was provided the land.

Anglesea already has a comprehensive plan for the future


Anglesea has a clear vision as detailed in the Anglesea Structure Plan 2012. The Plan subtitled `Where the Bush Meets the Sea’ was put together in conjunction with town leaders and provides the vision and planning intent for Anglesea for the next 20 to 30 years. It is an excellent document. 


Read it for yourself here - Anglesea Structure Plan 2012

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