Media Releases 2016

Posted on 21/07/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board update – June 2016

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday, 30 June to receive updates and progress reports on a range of current planning projects and proposals, and to receive a briefing on local Indigenous history and sites within the Nature Parks.

Churchill Island Key Area Plan
The Board received an update on preliminary planning and design for the new Functions and Events Centre at Churchill Island, as identified in the Churchill Island Key Area Plan and affirmed in the Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan. The Board provided input towards the proposed concepts presented by Terroir Architects allowing for further preliminary designs to continue.

Summerland Peninsula Master Plan
The Board was pleased to receive an update on the Summerland Peninsula Walking Trails, identified as one of the key elements within the Summerland Peninsula Master Plan. The planning for this project was progressing well and the Board looked forward to receiving further updates as the planning continued.

Indigenous History and Sites on Phillip Island
Nature Parks’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee member Graeme Burgan provided a presentation to the Board regarding local Indigenous history and Indigenous cultural heritage sites located within the Nature Parks. The Board discussed the Nature Parks’ role in managing these significant sites, as well as the ongoing relationship between the Nature Parks and the local Indigenous community within the context of the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Phillip Island Pathway Network
The Board received a briefing on Bass Coast Shire Council’s proposed Phillip Island Pathway Network. The Board viewed an aspirational map for Phillip Island displaying a network of paths that provide strategic connections between and within settlements. It was noted that paths included on the aspirational maps will be subject to future feasibility analysis and discussions with land managers, and therefore would be subject to change. The Nature Parks will continue to consult with, and provide input to Bass Coast Shire Council on this project.

Jeff Floyd
Chair
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.

#ENDS#

Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick - Communications Officer
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161
Email: rpick@penguins.org.au
www.penguins.org.au