Media Releases 2015

Posted on 13/07/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board approves Draft Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan.

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday, 25 June at the Koala Conservation Centre to discuss the Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan, key projects, and future strategic opportunities.

Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan

The Board approved the Draft Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan for community consultation. The Conservation Management Plan addresses the whole of Churchill Island as included in the Victorian Heritage Register, and arose from the objectives, recommendations and actions of the Churchill Island Key Area Plan, released in April 2014.

The Board was impressed with the quality of the plan developed by Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants, and approved the final draft without change, noting the appropriate balance between conservation, heritage and future investment. Community consultation sessions have been scheduled for 27 July 2015.

Key Projects

The Board was delighted with the progress of the Antarctic Journey attraction, a partnership between World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Australia) and the Nature Parks. Construction at the Nobbies Centre is proceeding on schedule, and is due to open in December 2015, offering a world-class immersive and interactive experience.

Construction is also well underway on the exciting new Penguins Plus viewing area, which will provide a range of viewing options, both underground and above ground. Progress is on track for opening as planned in November 2015.

Strategic Opportunities

The Board met with the Nature Parks’ Management team to discuss a range of future strategic opportunities and possible future investment options. These joint discussions ensure that the Nature Parks is well placed to capitalise on and create opportunities for the continued success of the organisation.

Jeff Floyd
Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on its ecotourism attractions to deliver ongoing funding for social, environmental, conservation, research and education outcomes.

The Nature Parks is governed by a Board of Management established under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. Board members are appointed by the Responsible Minister under the Act and the Board meets regularly to provide governance and strategic direction.


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