Media Releases 2016

Posted on 19/10/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks welcomes Governor of Victoria

It’s a long way from Government House to Antarctica, however The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC enjoyed a virtual journey to the remote continent as they experienced the exciting new Antarctic Journey attraction at the Nobbies on Tuesday evening.

Phillip Island Nature Parks Chair Jeff Floyd and CEO Matthew Jackson were delighted to welcome the Governor and Mr Howard to the Nature Parks and share the island’s newest nature-based experience with them, before making their way to the iconic Penguin Parade.

The new Penguins Plus and Underground experiences provide outstanding, up-close viewing opportunities in a world first facility where the penguins waddle straight past the viewing area along their most popular pathway. Breeding season is in full swing in the colony, so there were plenty of penguins on parade at eye level in front of the Governor as they returned from the ocean to feed their hungry chicks.

Conversation soon turned from penguins to pandas as the Governor and Mr Howard recalled their recent visit to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre in China. As recognised leaders in conservation and eco-tourism, both Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre are set to benefit from their landmark sister-park agreement signed in 2015 with collaborations on research, education and eco-tourism operations.

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Governor Linda Dessau and Anthony Howard Oct 2016 LR

Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick - Communications Executive
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