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Coal exports ‘fear’ ‘Asians interested in Alcoa site’

By NOEL MURPHY

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COAL MINE opponents fear Alcoa’s Anglesea power plant could be expanded for export sales to Asia. Surf Coast Air Action (SCAA) believes at least two Asian companies are interested in the open-cut mine and power station amid a “secret push” to move the coal through a deepened Geelong port. SCAA spokesperson Re-

gina Gleeson said “confidential sources” believed Asian-based companies might be interested in buying the facility. Ms Gleeson said the closure of Alcoa’s Point Henry operations would leave Victoria oversupplied with electricity and the value of the Anglesea mine reduced unless exploited for coal exports.

“Why would a company spend millions to buy a mine when you’re already over-supplied? The Victorian Government actively promotes export sales from the Latrobe Valley (and) Anglesea is a very rich site. “When you put it all together...” A SCAA statement cited

fears that any sale might fail to honour Alcoa’s past guarantees about restricting the mining area. The statement quoted Anglesea resident Colleen Packham expressing concern and “an expansion of mining into the fragile Anglesea heath (and) coal being trucked to Geelong on local roads, (which) would be a nightmare for residents”.

Ms Gleeson said any mine expansion for coal exports would sound a “death knell for local business that rely upon the tourist dollar”. SCAA’s Dr Jacinta Morahan said Anglesea residents were “understandably anxious because they are being kept in the dark and treated with contempt by both Alcoa and the State Government”. Continued Page 3

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SIX Geelong aerodance athletes leave on Saturday for an International Aerobic Championships in Las Vegas. The group won through a strict Gymnastics Australia selection process to join teams from 35 other countries at the world’s longest-running aerobics competition.

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The group’s coach, Justine Bratanavicius, will also co-coach the Australian team. “A lot of teams around Australia tried for the aerodance selection but our local girls won through,” a proud Ms Bratanavicius said. The team’s two-minute routine combines hip-hop dance with gymnastics

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The team of 15 and 16-year-olds has been training at Grovedale’s Aerosports Allstars since September for the weeklong competition. Gymnastics Australia has touted Rikki Bell-Warren, Tahnee Bratanavicius, Bridget McNamara, Paige Sutterby, Jessica Ormeno and Roisin Selvarajoo as medal chances at the event.

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