Media Releases 2015

Posted on 01/12/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board reviews fire operations and tourism strategies, and evaluates major projects.


The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday, 26 November to review fire operations and preparedness strategies, tourism strategies, and to evaluate key projects. 

Fire Management

Phillip Island Nature Parks addresses fire prevention through the Bass Coast Municipal Fire Management Plan, and through the Nature Parks’ Fire Management Plan and yearly Fire Operations Plan for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. 

Ranger-in-Charge of Environment Jarvis Weston updated the Board on the Nature Parks’ fire operations and preparedness, including fuel reduction, the maintenance of strategic fuel breaks and wet fire breaks, along with completed burn-offs. 

“Fire management is a joint responsibility. We currently sit on the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee with other fire management agencies such as CFA, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Bass Coast Shire Council, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside these agencies and the community to reduce fire risks with a proactive approach, whilst still retaining the natural beauty of Phillip Island,” said Mr Weston. 

Phillip Island Tourism Strategy 2035

Phillip Island Nature Parks has partnered with Bass Coast Shire Council, Regional Development Victoria and Destination Phillip Island to develop a 20 year tourism strategy to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the important tourism sector. 

The Board met with Mark Olsen, General Manager Consulting with ‘EarthCheck’, one of the world’s leading consultancies in tourism that is undertaking the preparation of the strategy, , due to be completed by mid-2016. 

‘The Board stressed the importance of the tourism strategy respecting and addressing the nature-based strengths of Phillip Island to create a sustainable future’, said Jeff Floyd Chair, ‘we look forward to seeing this strategy progress’. 

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18 was launched by the Chair at the opening of the Shearwater Festival, an annual event that aims to develop partnerships, cross cultural understanding and environmental awareness about the short-tailed shearwater population of Phillip Island. 

“The Nature Parks is proud to have launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP 2015-18 contains 32 actions with measurable targets. This working document is our public declaration of a major commitment to build better relationships, foster deep respect and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” said Jeff Floyd, Chair. 

Key Projects

The new Penguins Plus viewing experience was officially launched on 18 November.

Feedback from guests and visitors alike has heralded the new viewing experience as a resounding success, which has also been reflected in ticket sales. Both the above ground and underground viewing areas have been sold out every night since the opening, so it is important for visitors to book ahead. 

The incredible new tourist attraction for Victoria, the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, is nearing completion and is due to open to the public on 14 December, ahead of its official launch on 23 December. 

The Board was delighted that both of these key projects will have been delivered on time and on budget. 

RACV Tourism Awards

The Nature Parks won a Silver award at the recent 2015 Tourism Awards in the Major Tourist Attraction Category, which recognises natural or built tourist attractions that attract amongst the highest visitor numbers for Victoria. 

The Board congratulated Bass Coast Shire Council for winning Gold in the Visitor Information Services category, and Wildlife Coast Cruises for winning Silver in the Tour and Transport Services category. 

Research presentations

Research Manager, Dr Peter Dann has been in Adelaide representing the Nature Parks at a range of conferences, including the Australasian Ornithological Conference, a regular forum for the exchange of information and ideas between avian-based researchers and conservationists throughout the Australasian region. 

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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