Media Releases 2015

Posted on 31/08/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board reviews key projects, approves Annual Report and acknowledges retiring Board Members

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday, 27 August to review several key projects, approve the Annual Report and recognise the contribution of two retiring Board Members.

Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan
Following extensive community consultation and involvement, the Board approved the Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan. The Conservation Management Plan has now been submitted to Heritage Victoria for final endorsement, and once this has been achieved, full details will be published on the Phillip Island Nature Parks website. The Nature Parks will now progress with the detailed designs for Stage 1 of the Churchill Island Key Area Plan.

Key Projects
The Board undertook a tour of the new Antarctic Journey attraction which is under construction in the Nobbies Visitor Centre. Board members were delighted that the project is progressing on schedule, with the new attraction due to open in December 2015.

Construction on the exciting new Penguins Plus viewing area is also on schedule with site excavation now complete, and the structure taking shape both below and above ground. The opening will be in November 2015. 

Annual Report
The Board approved the 2014-15 Annual Report, with another year of sound environmental outcomes and record visitation. The Annual Report will now be tabled in Parliament. 

Retiring Board Members
Stella Axarlis and Dr Catherin Bull have advised the Nature Parks that they will be ending their formal involvement as Board members on 4 September 2015.

Stella Axarlis has served on the Board for twelve years and has made a major contribution both to future strategy and good governance. She has also chaired the Board’s People and Remuneration Subcommittee, the Community Advisory Committee and the Education Committee, with distinction for over eleven years.

Dr Catherin Bull has served on the Board for six years. Dr Bull’s contribution to the success of our current major tourism projects has been significant. She also chaired the Board’s Project Monitoring Subcommittee for 3 years, the Scientific and Research Advisory Committee for 5 years, and the Environment Advisory Committee for 3 years throughout her service.

“Stella and Catherin’s contributions to the Nature Parks have been outstanding. On behalf of the Board and the staff of the Nature Parks I wish Stella and Catherin all the best for the future,” said Jeff Floyd, Chair.

The Board welcomed the appointment of Tracey Lindupp as Financial Controller. Tracey has broad experience as a Chartered Accountant and has worked with a number of major organisations, which will enable her to make a significant contribution to the Nature Parks.

The Board recognised the outstanding contribution of the previous Financial Controller, Catherine Basterfield, who has taken up the position of Operations Manager. 

The Board met with Dr Jenny Hibble, who has been appointed as the new Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee. 

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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