Media Releases 2018

Posted on 19/07/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Update – June 2018

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 28 June to discuss a range of important issues and opportunities and the highlights of this meeting are outlined below. 

30 year Conservation Plan

The Board endorsed the direction taken in the continuing development of the Nature Parks’ 30 year Conservation Plan.  The Board noted that a broad range of stakeholders have helped to shape this vision and that further community consultation will be invited later in 2018 once these plans have been further developed.  This plan will be supported by a 5 year Conservation Action Plan and Threatened Species Plan.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

The Board reviewed the terms of reference of the Community and Environment Advisory Committee and acknowledged the importance of ongoing, positive engagement with key stakeholders. The Board endorsed the broadening of the stakeholder groups represented on the committee. Invitations are being sent to additional key stakeholders to participate in the Community and Environment Advisory Committee. 

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Development

The Board received an update on construction and was pleased that work continued to progress on schedule. With the new car park now open, and work continuing on the coach parking area, structural works are due to commence on the new visitor centre itself in July.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Board was pleased to note the early levels of staff engagement, as well as further opportunities available in July, in the development of the Nature Parks’ next Reconciliation Action Plan. Consultation and engagement is ongoing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members through regular meetings of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee, and input is also currently being sought from Reconciliation Australia. A draft of the Reconciliation Action Plan will be considered by the Board in September.

Nature Parks’ Board

The Board acknowledged that the 28 June meeting was the final meeting of the current Nature Parks’ Board, with significant changes taking effect from 1 July. 

The Board formally thanked outgoing Board member Stephen Davie for his contribution to the Nature Parks over four Board terms, since his appointment in September 2012. Stephen did not renominate for a Board position, and is looking forward to supporting the Nature Parks’ ongoing tourism and environmental activities as a local community member and business owner.

The Board congratulated Liz Stinson on her appointment as Chair for the upcoming Board term, and thanked Kevin Love for his contributions in the role of Acting Chair since March 2018.

The Board looks forward to welcoming three new Board members for the term commencing on 1 July, being David Cochrane, Jane Foley and Michaela Salvato.

David Cochrane

Dr David Cochrane currently provides private consulting services (predominantly to government) through Cloudstreet Economics, and is a Director of VicForests, World Urban Parks and Guide Dogs Victoria. David was previously a partner at Ernst & Young, where he was the leader of the Australian economics practice. Over his extensive professional career David has also been a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Tourism Investment and Regulatory Reform Working Group, Chair of the Parks Forum Economic Research Project, a member of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens Advisory Board, and Chair of Destination Docklands. David is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration.

Jane Foley

Jane Foley is a Manager of Population Health and Community Wellbeing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jane has previously held the positions of Manager Health Integration and Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services, Manager of Community Services at the City of Melbourne, Manager Tourism Melbourne, General Manager of Tourism for Forestry Tasmania, and Director of Destination Development for Tourism Tasmania. Jane has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship and a Graduate Diploma of Recreation.

Michaela Salvato   

Michaela Salvato is currently the owner and director of Michaela J Salvato Pty Ltd, offering accounting, taxation and business advisory services. She is also the Treasurer of Destination Phillip Island. Previously, she held positions as National Taxation Manger for SmithKline Beecham; Chair and Treasurer of Bass Coast Landcare Network Public Fund and as a Founding Member of the Three Creeks Landcare Group Inc. Michaela has a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) and is a Chartered Accountant and registered Tax Agent.

Liz Stinson


Phillip Island Nature Parks

About 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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