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Posted on 07/03/2022 by Phillip island Nature Parks

NATURE PARKS BOARD UPDATE – February 2022


The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 24th February to discuss a range of issues, topics and opportunities, and continue its ongoing review of policies, compliance responsibilities and strategic planning as set out under its governance framework. The highlights of this meeting are outlined below. 

 

Board governance

The Nature Parks Board Charter is the Boards’ key governing document that sets out its role, responsibility, and power under the Crown Land Reserves Act 1978. The Board reviewed its Charter in line with model policies established by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and endorsed it for the forthcoming year. In addition, adjustments to meeting protocols and conduct were also incorporated into the Charter to better cater for virtual and hybrid meetings.

In keeping with best practise governance standards, the Board also undertook its review of its risks associated with the governance of the organisation.

 

Strategic risk & policy review

As part of its regular governance processes the Board undertakes a monthly strategic risk review and considers organisational policies. This month the Board reviewed and endorsed risks associated with the Nature Parks financial sustainability and considered the Nature Parks Financial Management and Accounting Policy, Child Protection and Safety Procedure and the Animal Welfare Charter.

 

Animal Welfare Charter: In February 2021, Management commenced the development of an Animal Welfare Charter – to ensure that the welfare of animals in the Nature Parks’ care was of the highest standard, to assist management decisions relating to wildlife and support positive conservation outcomes. The Charter was developed following consultation with the Animal Ethics Committee, Scientific Research Advisory Committee and with Nature Parks staff. The Board was happy to support the Nature Parks’ first Animal Welfare Charter, which will position the Nature Parks as leaders in ethical wildlife tourism!  The Charter will soon be made publicly available on the Nature Parks website.

 

Food and beverage operations

The Nature Parks food and beverage partner, Delaware North will soon be departing Phillip Island and the Board has endorsed Management to proceed with an expression of interest to explore alternative options for the provision of food and beverage services at Nature Parks sites. The Expression of Interest process is open until the 13th March 2022 and is seeking partners to help provide a unique and memorable experience for visitors to one or more of the Nature Parks sites. The return of international visitors in the coming months will create opportunities for business growth at the Nature Parks and we look forward to finding the right partner to grow with us.

Delaware North has been operating the Nature Parks food and beverage business for close to 5 years and the Board would like to recognise its commitment, and that of its staff to the Nature Parks and its initiatives across that time and commend Delaware North for working with us to implement many improvements to our sites – notably the elimination of single use plastics!

The Nature Parks is working with Delaware North to ensure the orderly transition of the food and beverage business including staffing arrangements.

 

Kevin Love

Chair

Phillip Island Nature Parks