Posted on 05/06/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Board of Management has approved a series of key initiatives aimed at furthering conservation, tourism and community engagement.
At its May meeting, the Board approved the continuance of the highly successful island-wide fox eradication and weed management on Summerland Peninsula programs into the 2013-14 financial year. Following a reduction in grant funding, the Nature Parks will continue these vital conservation initiatives with funding available from its ecotourism operations.
The local community and Phillip Island visitors are also set to benefit following Board approval of signage upgrades, and the allocation of funds to the maintenance and improvement of paths, tracks and boardwalks across the Nature Parks.
In the long-term the Nature Parks will also be working with Council in ensuring the Rhyll Transfer Station is managed in accordance with the approved Post-closure and Rehabilitation Monitoring Plan.
Further to the Nature Parks’ environmental commitment, the Board also signed off on the immediate implementation of solar panels at the Koala Conservation Centre and endorsed the roll-out of similar infrastructure to the environment, research, education and works yard buildings at the Penguin Parade in 2013-14.
“We’re aiming for a 70 per cent reduction in power usage in the 12 months following the implementation of solar panels which will dramatically reduce our carbon footprint,” said Matthew Jackson, Chief Executive Officer.
A further significant initiative in the coming financial year is the development of the Cape Woolamai and Beaches (south and north) Key Area Plan in consultation with Bass Coast Shire Council and the local community. The plan will provide key outcomes in the management of beach access, parking and beach facilities.
“It’s an exciting year ahead for the Nature Parks and we look forward to working with the community in implementing these key initiatives,” said Jeffrey Floyd, Board Chair.
Nature Parks Board approves key initiatives
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