Protesters march in an effort to get the coal-fired power station to close down.

Protesters march in an effort to get the coal-fired power station to close down.

Hundreds of Angelsea residents braved the cold to rally outside Alcoa’s coal mine and power station calling for its closure rather than sale.

Hundres of people in the seaside town marched through the streets and tied red ribbons to the mine’s fence, as part of their campaign to block the sale of the mine and force the coal-fired power station’s closure.

While Alcoa’s Geelong smelter closed on August 1, Anglesea residents and environmental activists have been calling for the coal mine and power plant – which serviced the smelter – to also be shut down.

Instead, Alcoa is seeking to sell the mine and power station, and has said it has received several expressions of interest for the plant.

In May, Alcoa was granted a license to sell power from the station to the national grid, after the Point Henry smelter has closed.

Surf Coast Air Action spokesman Mark Smith, who has lived in Angelsea for 30 years and started the petition, said residents had tolerated the station when it provided local jobs but now saw it as redundant.

“Now [Alcoa] are finished with it, they should leave gracefully, shut the power station down and rehabilitate the site.”

Mr Smith started a petition calling for the plant’s closure which has gathered more than 7000 signatures, with the support of online activist group GetUp!.

Alcoa Australia spokesman Brian Doy said the sale was still going ahead, but no buyer had been confirmed. “We are working through the process, and we’ve numerous expressions of interest,” he said.

Mr Doy said the station had been operating safely in Angelsea for over 40 years.