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Posted on 08/06/2022 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks Board Update – May 2022 


The Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Board met on 27 May on Phillip Island at the Penguin Parade. The Board was pleased to host The Victorian Premier, the Hon Daniel Andrews at the Penguin Parade. The Premier spent some time at the Parade inspecting the Visitor Centre and our plans for the further improvement to the Parade. The Board was thrilled to hear the Nature Parks was successful in receiving $5M in funding for the first stage of Penguin Parade Boardwalks and Stands project. The Board looks forward to successfully delivering an important project for the State Government, our community and taking positive steps towards Victoria’s regional tourism recovery. 

Below are some further highlights from the May Board meeting:

CORPORATE PLAN 2022-24

As an entity reporting to the Minister via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Nature Parks prepares and submits a 3-Year Corporate Plan. This document is prepared to ensure the Nature Parks Strategic Plan, operational priorities, and capital investments for the period 2022-25 in support of our land management, conservation, community and commercial operations are visible to the State Government in planning for investment and funding purposes.

In July 2021, we submitted our first 3-Year Corporate Plan and at the May Board meeting we endorsed the Nature Parks revised Corporate Plan 2022-25 for Ministerial review and endorsement.

ANNUAL BUDGET AND BUSINESS PLAN

In addition to the Corporate Plan 2022-25, the Board also reviewed and endorsed the organisation’s Annual Budget and Business Plan for the coming financial year. We would like to acknowledge the dedication and work of the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance team in preparing this coming year’s budget in challenging conditions, and also thank and recognise the teams’ hard work in developing their initiatives for the business plan. We have an aggressive budget and ambitious business plan; however, the Board has absolute faith in the organisation’s ability to deliver it!

Highlights include:

  • budgeting for over 500,000 visitors in 2022/23
  • preparing for the return of international visitors as markets open up
  • continuing restoration works of penguin habitat and the introduction of Bush Stone-curlews under the Threatened Species Plan
  • improvements to tracks, boardwalks and toilets on Phillip Island’s south coast
  • investment in technology and processes to support better customer interactions and more flexible working arrangements
  • improvements to the boardwalks and visitor experience at the Penguin Parade.

STRATEGIC RISK AND POLICY REVIEW

Each month the Board undertakes a monthly strategic risk review and considers organisational policies.

This month the Board reviewed and endorsed several updates and improvements to workplace safety risk assessment and management, climate change risk assessment, and gifts, benefits and hospitality policy. 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE AGREEMENT

As previously communicated, our food and beverage provider, Delaware North is leaving us in July 2022. Following an expression of interest and tender process the Board was pleased to endorse progression to an agreement with a new food and beverage service provider. Over the coming months Management will be working with Delaware North to ensure a seamless handover of operations with commencement of the new operations across all sites by August 2022. We look forward to this new relationship and seeing our food and beverage activities flourish under new management!

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY

The Board welcomed news of the advertisement of employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People within the Conservation and People and Culture teams. In addition, we received an update on progress with the organisational review project.

 

Kevin Love

Chair

Phillip Island Nature Parks