Posted on 29/01/2021 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Annual Report 2019-20 has been released providing a story of an extraordinary year of conservation achievements, celebrating successes, resilience and realising a new future vision amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.
Despite the challenges of 2019-20, the year reinforced the Nature Parks’ important role in the conservation of Phillip Island’s wildlife and our role as an iconic tourism attraction for Victoria and Australia.
Highlights of the year include:
- Premier Daniel Andrews MP officially opening the new Penguin Parade visitor centre in July 2019.
- Investing $3.9M into conservation, research and investment activities.
- Completing our 28th year of Hooded Plover monitoring with nine chicks surviving to successfully fledge from six nests.
- Providing critical care and recovery for 13 bushfire affected koalas.
- Recording positive penguin numbers with a nightly average of 1,250 Little Penguins crossing at the Penguin Parade and an above-average 1.4 chicks per pair.
- Welcoming a total of 989,706 visitors including the Nobbies Centre where entry is free.
- Running 379 school learning programs across the Nature Parks with 13,512 students participating.
- Remaining Phillip Island’s largest employer with a team of 184 (122.4 Full-Time Equivalent).
- Delivering Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training to over 90% of our team and completing all actions for the year from our Reconciliation Action Plan.
- Supporting 303 volunteers to contribute 13,310 hours in conservation and visitor experience outcomes.
“We would like to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Victorian Government and the exceptional work of our colleagues in the public sector for guiding our community and our organisation through the immense health and financial challenges of this unprecedented year,” said Catherine Basterfield, Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO.
Phillip Island Nature Parks Annual Report 2019-20 is available as a summary below and in full on our publications page.