Posted on 05/10/2021 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Nature Parks Board update – August 2021
The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 26 August to discuss a range of issues and opportunities, and continue its ongoing review of policies, compliance responsibilities and strategic planning as set out under its governance framework. The highlights of these meetings are outlined below.
The new look Nature Parks’ Board had its first meeting online under current restrictions, and welcomed incoming Board members Patrice Mahoney OAM, Jane Jobe and Dr. Geoff Wescott. The Board also acknowledged outgoing Chair Liz Stinson, along with former Board members Shelley Lavender, Andrew Paxton, and Dr. David Cochrane, and thanked them for their dedication and significant contributions over several years.
The Board is looking forward to working together on a range of issues, opportunities and responsibilities that will help shape the future direction of the Nature Parks.
Annual Budget and Business Plan
The Board reviewed the Nature Parks financial statements and accompanying attestations, and considered the preparation of the 2020/21 Annual Report. The Board also received an update on the achievements from last year’s business plan, and progress with this year’s plan.
The Board noted that visitation to the Nature Parks’ various sites is still severely limited as travel restrictions continue to change, and visitor capacities continue to fluctuate, subject to applicable guidelines. As a result, it was noted that revenue remains below originally budgeted levels.
The Board acknowledged the efforts of the Nature Parks’ management team in continuing to control costs, in order to reduce the draw down of cash reserves. The Board also noted the ongoing authorised and essential work in conservation, wildlife and animal care, and land and site management, despite the impacts and constraints of restrictions in place.
State Government Support
The Board welcomed the advice from the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, that the Victorian State Government had undertaken to support the Nature Parks while it continues to work its way back to financial sustainability.
As a visitor-funded organisation, the Nature Parks has always relied on the revenue generated by visitors to fund its ongoing conservation, research, and education programs, and continue to contribute to the local economy as one of the region’s largest employers. The welcome support from the government will enable the Nature Parks to continue this important work.
Live Penguin TV
The Board noted the 1-year anniversary of Live Penguin TV on Wednesday 25 August, and acknowledged the positive impact this initiative had had on the Nature Parks, its team members, and the over 26 million viewers it had enjoyed since its launch 12 months ago.
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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.