Posted on 12/09/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks has been nominated as a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 in the category of ‘Environmental Protection’.
The Nature Parks is one of 20 finalists announced by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith.
The submission titled ‘Saving Summerland – A Peninsula for the Penguins’ details the Nature Parks’ 25-year commitment to returning the Peninsula to the penguins through the Victorian Government’s world-first buy-back program of a housing estate. This, coupled with ongoing research, habitat restoration and detailed planning have ensured the future of the penguin colony and the spectacular coastal environment.
The project began in 1985 when the State Government announced the ‘Penguin Protection Plan’ – the cornerstone being the long-term buy-back of Summerland Housing Estate and restoration for penguins, coastal environmental values and wildlife.
The project objectives were to buy back the 776 privately owned allotments on the housing estate (183 houses and 600 vacant blocks), rehabilitate the area and save the penguin population through management and research initiatives including predator control, traffic management and ongoing monitoring.
In 2013, over 25 years later, the project is complete and the Summerland Peninsula’s very special coastal environment and wildlife populations have been restored.
“We are extremely proud of this unique project which has long-term benefits for all Victorians,” said Matthew Jackson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Chief Executive Officer.
“Being awarded finalist reinforces the Nature Parks’ continuing environmental excellence and commitment to our peers and community. May I take this opportunity to congratulate all staff and community members who have been involved in this achievement over many years.”
Now in their 11th year, the Awards celebrate the efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices and recognise practical community action to improve the environment.
“The Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise those Victorians who contribute to a more sustainable and liveable Victoria,” said Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith.
“This year’s finalists are responsible for a range of visionary projects, showcasing Victoria’s strength in innovation and leadership in sustainability.”
"I congratulate each of the finalists and look forward to announcing the winners at the awards dinner.”
Winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Peninsula, Docklands on Tuesday 22 October.
Phillip Island Nature Parks finalists in Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013
Sustainability Victoria media release
Danene Jones - communications executive
Phillip Island Nature Parks
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