Posted on 09/06/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
New Penguins Plus Viewing Experience Wins World Environment Day Awards 2016
Phillip Island’s new penguin viewing experience at the Penguin Parade has won the category of ‘Infrastructure Innovation’ in the United Nations World Environment Day Awards.
The national award was accepted by Damian Prendergast, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Major Projects Manager, at a ceremony held in Melbourne on Monday night.
The new Penguins Plus experience won the inaugural ‘Infrastructure Innovation’ award category that recognises excellence in sustainable infrastructure. The other finalist was fellow Victorian entrant, RMIT University’s ‘Sustainable Urban Precincts Program’.
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ new innovative, sustainable and unique penguin viewing experience, Penguins Plus, provides Australia’s only underground beach viewing opportunity within the world’s largest colony of wild little penguins.
“We believe the project demonstrates excellence as it was motivated by sustainable practice and backed by world-leading scientific research, environmental management and ecotourism principles,” said Phillip Island Nature Parks’ CEO, Matthew Jackson.
“This project was made possible through a major partnership with RACV who, along with the Penguin Parade, have a long history of providing exceptional experiences and service to Victorians. It is fitting that these two iconic Victorian tourism organisations joined together to create an innovative experience within a natural setting with little impact to the environment and wildlife.”
Netta Griffin, RACV Director who opened the facility in November 2015, applauded the achievement.
“We are honoured to partner with Phillip Island Nature Parks to help develop this wonderful attraction for Victoria. This prestigious award is testament to the innovative work done by Phillip Island Nature Parks in enhancing wildlife conservation and ecotourism and since the partnership announcement we have seen a large number of RACV members visiting this iconic destination.”
More than 40 schools, environmental organisations and individuals were named as finalists across 12 categories in the 2016 UN Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, which have been running since 2000. The awards celebrate innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia, and the important work of Australian environmental leaders.
Sally O’Neill, Community & Communications, Phillip Island Nature Parks
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