Posted on 05/01/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Bushbank’s future secure with the Nature Parks
The vision of long term island resident Barb Martin to establish, preserve and defend Phillip Island’s indigenous plant and wildlife habitat will live on, following the recent announcement that the Phillip Island Nature Parks will continue the operations of the Bushbank named in her honour.
Almost 20 years after the not-for-profit native plant nursery was established in 1998, the Bushbank committee identified that in order to remain viable and to best achieve the organisation’s goals, they needed to investigate alternatives to its existing operating model.
“With a shared vision of conserving and enhancing the natural environment, as well as operating within the framework of a not-for-profit business model, the Phillip Island Nature Parks were a logical choice, so the committee unanimously agreed to approach the Nature Parks Board with a proposal to manage the nursery,” said Anne Davie, Bushbank President.
“We were delighted when the Board met just before Christmas and endorsed the transitioning of the management of the Bushbank to the Nature Parks. The committee believe this is the best option to maintain the Bushbank as a vibrant and vitally important part of Phillip Island, and support the great work of our volunteers.”
The Bushbank will retain the Barb Martin name, and the Nature Parks will continue to promote and make available local, indigenous plants to local community conservation groups and to the general public.
“The Nature Parks welcomes the opportunity to continue the great work of the Bushbank and honour Barb Martin’s legacy to Phillip Island,” said Jeff Floyd, Nature Parks Chair. “The Nature Parks’ commitment to the local environment, understanding of indigenous plants, and existing volunteer program will ensure the continuation of not only the nursery operations, but also the wonderful volunteer base which has been at the core of the Bushbank’s success for almost two decades.”
The Nature Parks will work closely with a working group from the Bushbank to ensure that all existing plant commitments are met, and that there is a smooth transition between the two organisations.
“We believe the Bushbank can now look forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 with renewed confidence and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Jenny Toy, prior coordinators, committee members past and present, and all the volunteers who have helped make the Bushbank what it is today,” concluded Anne.
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
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