Posted on 07/03/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – March 2018
The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March to discuss a range of important issues and opportunities and the highlights of this meeting are outlined below.
Strategic Plan 2018-2023
The Board was pleased that the Strategic Plan 2018-2023 is nearing finalisation following extensive consultation and feedback, and looks forward to sharing the plan which will outline the major strategies and priorities to be implemented by the Nature Parks over the next five years.
The Board and Management participated in a workshop which identified a range of budget priorities for the 2018/19 financial year and will inform the detailed budget planning required for the year ahead.
Proposed Stony Point to Cowes Car Ferry
As signatories to the San Remo and Phillip Island Sustainable Tourism Accord, Phillip Island Nature Parks supports the implementation of the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035, including the building of connectivity, promotion of touring routes and improvement to marine access, identified in the Strategy as key actions required to deliver successful outcomes for Phillip Island and San Remo as a tourism destination.
The Board emphasised that any car ferry proposal needs to be sustainable, both environmentally and financially. On this basis the Board expressed reservations about the current draft business case, and noted that an environmental assessment had not yet been completed.
Summerland Peninsula Trails Master Plan
The Board reviewed the implementation of the Summerland Peninsula Trails Master Plan following further feedback. The Board resolved to amend the staging of the Master Plan to continue to enable cars to use the full length of the South Coast Road, at a slow speed.
This decision will be reviewed in 5 years with consideration given to the future mix of pedestrians, cyclists and cars on the road, after the new visitor centre is in operation. The Board thanked the community for their input and feedback, and further noted that a formal application on the use of the road would only be made to Bass Coast Shire Council once funding had been secured.
Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development
The Board was pleased with the progress of the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre development, with construction of the new car parking area having begun in February. This area is due to be operational in May at which time construction will commence on the new building.
Resignation of the Chair
This was the last meeting chaired by Jeff Floyd who has recently taken up the role of Chair of Parks Victoria. The Board acknowledged his resignation, and thanked him for his leadership, support and expertise throughout his time with the Nature Parks.
Jeff joined the Board in July 2010 and served as a Board member for 2 years, followed by 5 years as Chair. The Board noted the key role Jeff played in many of the Nature Parks’ successes including such highlights as the Penguins Plus and Antarctic Journey developments, fox free Phillip Island, the Eastern barred bandicoot program, the introduction of EcoBoat Tours and the commencement of the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre development.
The Board nominated an Acting Chair from within the group and Kevin Love will fulfil this role until the end of the Board term on the 30th of June 2018. Kevin has served as a Board Member for 5 years and has played an important role in the oversight of our major projects.
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