Posted on 02/05/2014 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Over 1000 delegates from Taiwanese insurance company, Shin Kong Life, planted 22,000 native plants at Phillip Island at the end of April in a first for a visiting business incentive group in Victoria.
The Taiwanese group were visiting Melbourne as part of an employee rewards program and the company’s 2014 Agency Summary Conference. It is the first time in 10 years that the company has decided to take such a large group outside of Asia, and the first time an incentive group to Victoria has participated in such a large scale hands-on conservation activity.
Phillip Island Nature Parks worked closely with the Melbourne Convention Bureau to secure a visit from the group. The incentive program is estimated to inject $4.5 million into Victoria’s economy.
Spread over three days, the delegates also enjoyed up close viewing of Phillip Island’s most famous residents, the little penguins, at the sunset Penguin Parade. Earlier daytime activities included visits to the Koala Conservation Centre and sheep shearing, whip cracking and other farm activities at Churchill Island, located just off Phillip Island. A local helicopter company provided the perfect photo opportunity as it flew a large Shin Kong banner over Churchill Island’s shoreline.
The group lunched at the spectacular Nobbies Centre to a backdrop of rugged coastal cliffs, and a special Chinese dinner menu was provided by local restaurants.
The 22,000 native poa tussock grasses planted by the delegates form part of a threatened vegetation group and provide significant conservation gains for the Phillip Island area. Once fully grown the tussock grasses will provide habitat for wallabies, echidnas, reptiles and birds.