Media Releases 2018

Posted on 19/10/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – September 2018

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 27 September to discuss a range of important issues and opportunities and the highlights of this meeting are outlined below.

Penguin Parade Boardwalk Project
The Board was pleased to approve the appointment of Terroir and Urban Initiatives as the preferred consultants to lead a project to re-design the Penguin Parade boardwalks and viewing infrastructure, as identified in the 2012 Summerland Peninsula Master Plan. The new design is set to transform the penguin viewing experience and provide a more immersive, nature based experience for our visitors, complementing the new Penguin Parade visitor centre which will open in 2019. The project is due to commence in late October with an initial on-site collaboration including Nature Parks’ staff and members of the Bunurong Land Council, in consideration of the site’s cultural values.

Reconciliation Action Plan
The Board received an acquittal on the 2015-18 Reconciliation Action Plan and was pleased with the outcomes of many of the Nature Parks’ activities such as NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day which celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community. The Board acknowledged that there is more work to be done to improve planning for work and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and this is a strong theme in the development of the new Reconciliation Action Plan, which is currently being drafted for implementation in early 2019.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development
The Board noted that this major development is still progressing on time and on budget, and the structure is taking shape with most walls and roof framework in place. The Board was delighted to review some of the development’s environmental initiatives with some highlights including: all co-mingled construction waste is locally sorted and recycled and over 56 tonnes or 85% of all construction waste has been recycled and diverted from landfill; over 450 cubic metres of mulch recovered from trees that had been removed for the development are lining the new garden beds; locally sourced, crushed recycled concrete has been used for roadway and carpark preparation. The Board looks forward to reviewing further developments and environmental initiatives.

Cultural Training
The Board attended Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training alongside the Nature Parks’ Management team, facilitated by Rueben Berg. Rueben is a Gunditjmara man who shares his skills, expertise and understanding to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for non-indigenous Australians, including specific information about Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Victoria. The Board thanks Rueben for providing this very insightful and thorough training session.

Energy Innovation
The Board was pleased to acknowledge the proactive collaboration between the Nature Parks and community groups Energy Innovation Co-operative Limited and Totally Renewable Phillip Island, as they seek to identify joint projects to work towards an energy-neutral Phillip Island. The Board looks forward to receiving progress updates on these collaborations and initiatives which will assist in the Nature Parks’ goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

Liz Stinson
Chair
Phillip Island Nature Parks

About 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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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au