Media Releases 2016

Posted on 14/12/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board update – November 2016

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Wednesday 30 November to receive updates on major developments, recognise the ongoing contribution of the Nature Parks’ Research department, acknowledge the success of local organisations and congratulate the organisers of the annual Shearwater Festival.

RACV Victorian Tourism Awards
The Board congratulated two local organisations following their success at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. The Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network won the Visitor Information Services category, and Wildlife Coast Cruises received the bronze award in the Tour and Transport Operators Category.

Bass Coast Shire Council
The Board welcomed newly appointed Bass Coast Shire Councillors Cr Julian Brown, Cr Geoff Ellis, Cr Stephen Fullarton, Cr Bruce Kent, Cr Les Larke, Cr Pamela Rothfield, Cr Brett Tessari and Cr Michael Whelan, who join sitting Councillor Cr Clare Le Serve following the October elections. The Board thanked members of the previous Council and looked forward to continuing the Nature Parks’ constructive relationship with the Bass Coast Shire Council.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Redevelopment
The Board received an update on the design and development of the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre which is progressing well. The Board noted the next major milestone will be the release of the Construction Tender, due in September 2017.

Churchill Island Visitor Centre
The Board approved the concept plans for the development of the Churchill Island Visitor Centre, as identified in the 2014 Churchill Island Key Area Plan, and will present these plans to key stakeholders in the near future.

Sovereign Hill
The Nature Parks’ November Board Meeting was held at Sovereign Hill, and included a meeting with the Sovereign Hill Board. This meeting provided both the Sovereign Hill and Nature Parks’ Boards the opportunity to share significant expertise, ideas and insights around tourism. The extent and nature of the volunteer base at Sovereign Hill impressed the Nature Parks’ Board.

Shearwater Festival
The Board congratulated the organisers of the 2016 Shearwater Festival on yet another successful and well attended event. The focus of the 2016 event was ‘Connecting to Country’ and there were many opportunities in this year’s program to learn about Aboriginal culture and the environment.

Research Symposium
The Board congratulated the team on the success of the 2016 Nature Parks Research Symposium, an initiative of the Scientific Research Advisory Committee. The symposium was held on Saturday 12 November with 22 presenters representing Phillip Island Nature Parks; Melbourne, Monash, Victoria, La Trobe, and Deakin Universities; South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI); the Victorian Ornithologists Research Group (VORG); and Zoos Victoria.

The Board congratulated the three Nature Parks’ students who received awards on the day including the best student prize to Laura Tan for her work on raven predation of Little Penguins, and the highly commended prizes to Manuela Fischer for her work on Swamp Wallabies and Cathy Cavallo who is studying the diet of Little Penguins using DNA.

One of the highlights was the Twitter symposium which allowed for real-time contributions and exchanges from all around the world. It attracted 19 great presentations and reached over 98,000 people, turning a local event into a global affair.

White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation
The Board acknowledged the Nature Parks’ recent accreditation by White Ribbon Australia as a White Ribbon Workplace. The year-long accreditation process provided the Nature Parks with many opportunities to strengthen its stance in relation to violence against women, and equip staff with the knowledge and skills to address issues of violence against women, both inside and outside the workplace.

Jeff Floyd
Phillip Island Nature Parks

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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