Anglesea Power Station To Close
Alcoa announced today it will close its power station at Anglesea, which means 80 workers will lose their jobs in August.
Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said the failure to find a buyer for the site, following the closure of the Point Henry smelter last year, made the announcement inevitable.
“Our members at Anglesea have acted impeccably during a period of uncertainty and must now plan for the future,” Mr Davis said.
“I hope that the people of Anglesea and those who have campaigned hard for the closure of the power station, spare a thought for workers who have done the right thing by their employer.
”The strength of communities lies in how they pull together in times of adversity. I know that the community will back them, no matter their personal views about the power station.”
The power station supplied about 40% of the power needs for the Point Henry smelter, which once closed, left a large hole in demand for its product.
“It was always going to be difficult to find a buyer with three of the biggest users disappearing from the grid with closures of Point Henry, Ford and Toyota,” he said.
“The rehabilitation of the site is the next big issue and we will be expecting the company to use its own workforce to see that through.”