Media Releases 2018

Posted on 04/05/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – April 2018

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 26 April to discuss a range of important issues and opportunities and the highlights of this meeting are outlined below.

Cowes Cultural Centre Office Space
The Board considered the revised lease offer provided by Bass Coast Shire Council for the proposed office space in the Cowes Cultural Centre. Due to a number of changes within the revised offer which did not meet the Nature Parks’ requirements, the Board decided not to proceed with this proposal and is currently exploring other opportunities to accommodate Nature Parks’ administrative staff.

Board meeting on Country
In a first for the Nature Parks, the Board held part of their meeting ‘on country’ to pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of Phillip Island and those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living here today. The day commenced with a briefing by the Bunurong Land Council, the registered Aboriginal party for the area. The Board met with members of the Nature Parks’ Reconciliation Advisory Committee, which consists of Nature Parks’ staff members, Traditional Owners and members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Committee updated the Board on the need for a strong emphasis on employment, education and partnership opportunities. This meeting will help to inform the development of the Nature Parks’ next Reconciliation Action Plan in collaboration with the Reconciliation Advisory Committee. The Board looks forward to making the ‘on country’ meeting an annual event.

Strategic Plan
The Board approved a number of minor amendments in the final draft of the Nature Parks’ Strategic Plan 2018-23, and are currently awaiting its endorsement by Minister D’Ambrosio. The Strategic Plan commits the Nature Parks to a long term vision of becoming a place where conservation and ecotourism excellence inspire people to actively protect the environment.

Conservation Plan
The Board agreed to a draft set of key themes and principles, along with an engagement framework for the development of the Nature Parks’ 30 year Conservation Plan. The Board noted the collaborative process that is being adopted in the development of this long term plan which will inform future and ongoing conservation activities across all of the Nature Parks’ natural areas.

Memorandum of Understanding
The Board was happy to approve the second Memorandum of Understanding that the Nature Parks has undertaken with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). This MOU sets out the Nature Parks’ responsibilities in the statewide management of critical incidents such as oiled wildlife. This partnership is an important component of the State Emergency Response Plan, and the Nature Parks is proud to have both the facilities and the capabilities to assist in the event of an emergency.

Interpretation Plan
The Nature Parks’ new Interpretation Plan has been finalised and is due to be rolled out over the next 12 months and beyond. The Board reviewed the key messages outlined in the plan and noted the implementation plan. The Interpretation Plan has been developed to provide a holistic view of the key messages for the Nature Parks’ attractions and reserves and the Nature Parks’ overarching key messages that unify our locations with our common goals and vision.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development Milestone
The Board was pleased to attend the milestone launch for the commencement of construction of the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. The Hon. Jaala Pulford MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council performed the ceremonial sod-turning at the location where the new Centre’s doors will open out to the boardwalks.

Kevin Love
Acting Chair
Phillip Island Nature Parks



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