Posted on 07/01/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – December 2018
The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met for the last time in 2018 on Thursday 20 December to discuss a range of important issues and opportunities and the highlights of this meeting are outlined below.
Penguin Parade visitor centre redevelopment update
The Board noted that this major development is still progressing on time and on budget, and the impressive form of this new structure becomes more evident every day, with Board members and Community and Environment Advisory Committee members also undertaking a site visit. All were impressed with the structure as well as some of the positive environmental outcomes such as garden beds lined with 450m3 of mulch recovered from removed trees, locally sourced crushed recycled concrete used for road way and carpark preparation, 85% of all construction waste being recycled and diverted from landfill, and 23,000m of sustainably sourced (PEFC/AFC certified) Victorian Ash hardwood from local Victorian mills used to create the glulam beams. The Board looks forward to reviewing further developments and environmental initiatives.
Cowes office relocation
The Board acknowledged the significant amount of work required to convert the Nature Parks’ new office space in Cowes. The construction and fitout phases are currently in the tendering process with a decision due on the successful contractor within a month, and work to commence shortly thereafter The new offices are due to be ready to accommodate a range of Nature Parks’ staff by the middle of the year.
30 Year Conservation Vision and 5 Year Conservation Plan
The Board thanked the Nature Parks’ team, community members and stakeholder groups who provided valuable input into the development of the 30 Year Conservation Vision and the 5 Year Conservation Plan which will both be released in the coming months following some minor amendments.
Animal Ethics Committee annual report
The Animal Ethics Committee is charged with providing oversight of all matters relating to the care and use of animals for scientific research purposes by the Nature Parks staff. It also provides advice to the Board on research and animal welfare matters. The Board thanked Committee Chair Dr Jenny Hibble for presenting a review and the annual report on the Committee’s activities and the Animal Ethics Committee for giving their time to help strengthen the Nature Parks research programs.
Board members were briefed on the Nature Parks’ preparations for the peak holiday period, which included a successful joint exercise on the Summerland Peninsula with the CFA, and were looking forward to another safe and successful summer season. The Board noted that early indicators were all positive with multiple sell-out nights at the Penguin Parade prior to Christmas.
Following changes made to Child Safety legislation in 2018, the Board has adopted a leadership role in the review of the Nature Parks’ risk related to child safety, and the oversight of preparation for compliance and management of child safety incidents, of which happily there have been none.
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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.
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