Posted on 29/05/2014 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Over 70 participants, including volunteers and staff from Phillip Island Nature Parks, completed a field training exercise on May 21 and 22 to test oiled wildlife response capabilities.
The exercise, dubbed Exercise Pinguino, was phase 2 of training designed to enhance Phillip Island Nature Parks’ staff and volunteer capabilities in responding to a marine pollution event.
Phase 2 of Exercise Pinguino involved a simulated field exercise that tested the activation of volunteer networks, Wildlife Clinic operations and business continuity plans in a mock oil spill scenario using model penguins.
Participants rescued fake oiled penguins from several beaches across Summerland Peninsula and then enacted rehabilitation techniques, including washing, to be used in the event of a real oil spill. The training was designed to activate and assess the Nature Parks’ Oil Spill Contingency Plan and will assist in further improving and developing oiled wildlife response procedures.
Scott-Andrew Smith from Kirkham-Smith Consultants facilitated Exercise Pinguino, with sponsorship provided by the Penguin Foundation, ExxonMobil Australia and Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
Partner agencies involved in the exercise included Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure, Patrick Ports, Bass Coast Shire Council, Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre, Port of Hastings, Parks Victoria, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Esso.