Media Releases 2016

Posted on 26/05/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board update 

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday, 28 April to review a range of planning announcements and strategy initiatives. 

Penguin Parade

The Board was delighted with the announcement by the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria on 21 April 2016, that the State Government had allocated $48.2million for a major redevelopment of the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, with a further $10million being committed by the Nature Parks. The Board is moving rapidly on progressing the planning of this redevelopment, with an estimated opening date of November 2019. 

“This funding recognises the major export earnings that the Nature Parks generates for Victoria’s Visitor Economy, the significant environmental gains in the project, and the major impact on local and State employment,” said Jeff Floyd, Chair. “This key investment will also ensure that the Nature Parks’ tourism business continues to generate a significant environmental dividend for Phillip Island”. 

“None of this would have happened without the incredible support of the State Government, the Phillip Island community, other great friends of the Nature Parks, leading public figures, and officers from a large number of Government departments and agencies, and we thank them all for their support,” Mr Floyd concluded. 

Draft Phillip Island and San Remo Tourism Strategy

The Board reviewed the Draft Phillip Island and San Remo Tourism Strategy and commended Bass Coast Shire Council for taking the initiative to create a unique tourism strategy for Phillip Island and San Remo. 

As a significant stakeholder in the region, the Board was looking forward to finalising its submission in response to the draft strategy. 

Destination Phillip Island

The Board met with the recently appointed Chair of Destination Phillip Island, Mr John Pandazopoulos. As a former Minister for Tourism and Major Events for seven years, Mr Pandazopoulos brings with him a wealth of political and leadership experience, along with his enthusiasm and passion for regional tourism. 

The Board was pleased with the positive and constructive nature of discussions and look forward to continuing to work with Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board and Mr Pandazopoulos. 

Draft Cape Woolamai Coastal Reserves Master Plan

The Board approved the draft Cape Woolamai Coastal Reserves Master Plan for community consultation. Interested community members and stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback at a range of sessions during the last week of May. 

Jeff Floyd

Phillip Island Nature Parks