Media Releases 2015

Posted on 04/11/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

New Phillip Island Nature Parks Board has first meeting, reviews key projects, and evaluates visitation.

The new Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met for the first time on Thursday, 29 October to review several key projects and evaluate visitation figures. 

New Phillip Island Nature Parks Board

The newly appointed Board Members have commenced duties and were welcomed to their first Board meeting. Dr Danielle Auldist, Shelley Lavender, Kay Spierings and Liz Stinson joined re-appointed Board Members Stephen Davie, Kevin Love and Andrew Paxton along with re-appointed Chair Jeff Floyd. 

“Collectively our new Board Members will be able to share their expertise in a wide array of fields such as project management, science and governance, business management and corporate administration, eco-tourism operations, and international business development. On behalf of the Board and the staff at Phillip Island Nature Parks, I would like to welcome our new Board Members,” said Jeff Floyd, Chair. 

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 before Christmas 2015. 

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


Visitation numbers for this time of year are exceptional, with a notable strengthening in the domestic market. The commencement of the partnership with RACV is a significant contributor to the increased domestic visitor numbers. 

China Visit

CEO Matthew Jackson signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nature Parks and the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre during his visit to China in September with Victorian Premier, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP. 

“World class conservation management and internationally recognised research programs exist at the very core of our two organisations, and the mutual exchange of our strategies and methodologies will inform and enhance our practices and procedures to ensure even greater achievements and outcomes,” said Matthew Jackson, CEO 

Matthew Jackson also met with key operators in China to launch the Antarctic Journey attraction in conjunction with WWF, and was delighted with the continued support of the Nature Parks and overwhelming endorsement of the Antarctic Journey.   

Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals

Research scientist Dr Rebecca McIntosh will be attending the 21st Biennial Conference on Marine Mammals in San Francisco in December 2015. Dr McIntosh has recently had a paper published in the Elsevier Marine Pollution Bulletin entitled: Drivers and annual estimates of marine wildlife entanglement rates: A long-term case study with Australian fur seals 

Penguin numbers

The Penguin Parade has enjoyed very high penguin numbers throughout October, with over 3,000 penguins crossing the beach on at least two occasions, and numbers regularly over 2,000 penguins per night. This has led to outstanding viewing opportunities and experiences for visitors. 

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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