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Posted on 29/06/2022 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks Board Update – June 2022

The Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Board met on 23 June on Phillip Island at the Penguin Parade. The board congratulated the Nature Parks team for their role in the ABC television documentary special Southern Ocean Live, which aired live from the visitor centre on 21 June. The board noted visitation for May was good, assisted by good weather, and discussed the following items.


The Board received an update on the Penguin Parade Boardwalks and Stands Redevelopment project from the Project and Planning Manager and Terroir. The Board was able to provide feedback on the draft designs, which will help shape the detailed designs, inform the design and construct tender for the project, and allow the team to progress to stakeholder consultation.

Following the welcomed announcement of $5M in funding from the State Government under the Regional Tourism Investment Fund, the Board was pleased to see an updated Project Plan to reflect the funding received to execute elements of the project. In addition, the Board endorsed the proposed governance structure of the project team, which will feature members of the Management Team and Board Members and will report to the Board. 


This month the Board reviewed and endorsed two strategic risks associated with the protection of the Little Penguins and their habitat, along with several key organisational policies and procedures.


The Board were pleased to review the organisation’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan. This important document informs the Board of the organisation’s key relationships, allowing the Board to offer strategic advice to the CEO and Management and setting the tone for engagement at all levels of government and with other relevant entities.


The Board received a further update on the organisational structure change project and noted its progress.


The Nature Parks has engaged Create Catering to deliver all food and beverage services across Nature Parks’ sites, effective from 1 August 2022. Create Catering is a capable partner with great experience in events, tourism venues and wineries in New South Wales. The Nature Parks will be the second venue it is taking on in Victoria!

We look forward to welcoming Create Catering to the Nature Parks and are excited to see their ideas for food and event delivery come to life.


The Nature Parks engaged Golder Associates to undertake a geotechnical assessment of Phillip Island’s cliffs and provide recommendations for risk mitigation. The draft report has now been received and the Board received an update on the immediate actions that will be undertaken as recommended in the report. These include:

  • Maintenance or warning signage and wherever possible a cordoned off area around the fragile cliffs at the Colonnades.
  • Review and investigation into the removal or retreat of a viewing area at Cape Woolamai.

Other less urgent actions are being reviewed by the Nature Parks’ team and will be implemented over the coming year.


Kevin Love


Phillip Island Nature Parks