Posted on 11/01/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 22 December to receive updates and view designs on major developments, review international visitation strategies, receive reports on global tourism and acknowledge the contribution of the Nature Parks’ outgoing CEO.

CEO’s departure
The Board accepted the departure of CEO Matthew Jackson with great regret, and acknowledged the significant contribution he had made during his 7 years as CEO. The Board congratulated him on his new appointment with Parks Victoria and wished him well in this new role.

‘Matthew Jackson has made a major contribution to both the Nature Parks’ success as a leading eco-tourism and conservation organisation, and to working in partnership with the Phillip Island community’ said Jeff Floyd Chair. ‘On behalf of the Board I wish Matthew every success in his new challenging role at Parks Victoria’

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre
The Board approved the high-level concept design for the new Penguin Parade visitor and interpretation centre. This concept design will form the basis for the detailed designs to be developed in the next stage in this exciting project. The project is on track, with a call for expressions of interest for the centre’s construction scheduled for May 2017, and building to commence in October 2017.

China Strategy
The Board reviewed the Nature Parks’ China Strategy for 2016-2019 to ensure that the Nature Parks remains at the forefront of this competitive and rapidly evolving market. The Board noted the success of the previous strategy, which has seen the Nature Parks positioned as Victoria’s number one pay-to-enter wildlife attraction for Chinese visitors.

Penguin-related Attractions
The Nature Parks Research Manager Dr Peter Dann presented the Board with a report on penguin-related attractions located around the world. The Board noted that, in 2015-16, over 1.5 million people visited 4 penguin-related attractions in Argentina, New Zealand, Africa, and of course in Australia at the Penguin Parade, which accounted for over 693,000 of these visitors. This report attests to the global appeal of penguin viewing, as well as the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable tourism related activities.

Summerland Peninsula Trails Master Plan
Following a series of community consultation sessions, the Board approved the Summerland Peninsula Trails Master Plan and is looking forward to the plan’s implementation over time.

Animal Ethics Committee
The Board received the Animal Ethics Committee Annual Report and a presentation by Committee Chair Dr Jenny Hibble who has had an association with the Nature Parks for 28 years. The Board expressed its appreciation to Dr Hibble.

Churchill Island Visitor Centre
The Board approved the design concept for the Churchill Island Visitor Centre development which will include a conference and events centre. The Board approved a funding submission to be made to the State Government for its May 2018 Budget, with a view to commencing construction once the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre development is complete.

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.

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