Media Releases 2013

Posted on 20/11/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Over 70 participants from land management, wildlife and emergency response agencies came together at the Nobbies Centre on Wednesday November 13 for training on responding to a marine pollution event.

The exercise, dubbed Exercise Pinguino, was phase 1 of training designed to enhance Phillip Island Nature Parks’ staff and volunteer capabilities in responding to a marine pollution event. 

The exercise was designed to generate discussion regarding the response capabilities of all involved in the first 48 hours of a mock oil spill situation. During the training participants covered a range of topics including wildlife emergency, media and information responses, and business continuity strategies.

Phase 1 of Exercise Pinguino was attended by staff from Phillip Island Nature Parks and other agencies involved in marine pollution events and emergency management.

Phase 2 of Exercise Pinguino will continue in May 2014 with a simulated field exercise which will test the activation of volunteer networks and operations of the Wildlife Clinic in a mock oil spill scenario using model penguins. The training will involve up to 20 trained local volunteers.

Scott-Andrew Smith from Kirkham-Smith Consultants is facilitating Exercise Pinguino, with sponsorship provided by the Penguin Foundation, ExxonMobil Australia and Department of Environment and Primary Industries. 

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