April 12, 2016

EnergyAustralia’s Yallourn Power Station and Coal Mine will open its doors for Latrobe Valley locals on Sunday, April 17 for the first time in 11 years. Bus tours of the open-cut coal mine and sections of the power station will run from 10am until 1pm, giving people rare insight into electricity generation. People can see a working mine in action and find out how rehabilitation of unused coal mine land has progressed over time.

Attendees can get up close and personal with massive mining machinery on display near Yallourn’s Learning Centre in the coal mine.

The Open Day will reveal facts and figures about the mine and power station, which highlight progression and changes over decades of operation.

Images of what the coal mine would look like as a lake will be on display for people to better understand Yallourn’s plan to transform its coal mine into a man-made body of water for the community to enjoy. Yallourn’s rehabilitation plans will be discussed, with opportunities for community members to offer feedback.

EnergyAustralia representatives will also be on site offering special discounts to new customers and reviewing existing customers’ plans.  

EnergyAustralia’s Head of Yallourn Mark Pearson said the Open Day was about building stronger ties with the Latrobe Valley community.

“It’s not every day people in the Valley get to see an asset like Yallourn operating so we’re expecting a large turn-out,” Mr Pearson said.

“With coal-fired electricity generation being a major industry in the region, we want to offer this opportunity to our neighbours so they can find out more about how we operate.

“As this is a working site, we remind people coming along to the Open Day to pay attention to instructions, wear the appropriate clothing and footwear including long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and to look out for each other while touring the coal mine and power station.”

Register to attend by emailing or calling (03) 5128 2960. Please let the site know contact details, how many people will come along and ages of children attending.