Global Briefing: Eden Project heads Down Under

Australia could be getting it’s own Eden Project | Credit: Eden Project International

Eden Project heads Down Under  

The brains behind the Eden Project, a scheme that transformed a china clay quarry in Cornwall into an eco-tourist attraction, this week revealed plans to repeat the trick at an old coal mine in Australia. 

Eden Project International said it has teamed up with mining firm Alcoa to create a “world class” eco-tourism attraction at a former coal mine in Anglesea, Victoria. 

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Eden said it will present specific proposals to the local community within the next fortnight, but promised the scheme would amplify the region’s environmental and cultural attributes, including the scenic Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park, one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in the state.

The scheme would cost around AU$150m (£81.5m) and support 300 jobs, Eden Project International said. 

“We’ve envisioned a place of extraordinary experiences, fusing science and wonder to immerse visitors in the extreme elements – fire, air, earth and water – which have shaped the surf coast region and its inhabitants for millennia, creating a must-see prelude for a journey on the Great Ocean Road,” said CEO David Harland. “This concept will be a global exemplar of sustainability and environmental excellence.”

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